A Friday afternoon shootout in Avra Valley left a man dead, two deputies in the hospital and many questions unanswered.
The deputies, Matthew D. Salmon and Bruce E. Haufe, went to a mobile home at 5575 N. Anway Road to check on somebody at the property, Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Deputy Dawn Hanke said. The home is near Sunset Road.
The visit turned into a foot pursuit and shootout ending with the two deputies transported to University Medical Center – Salmon in a medical helicopter and Haufe in an ambulance – and a man shot dead. That man was not identified Friday night.
The department released little information about the incident Friday.
It was unclear who made the call asking for deputies to go to the property or whom they were checking on.
But after deputies arrived between noon and 1 p.m., there was a foot chase. One deputy radioed that shots were fired. Then one radioed that he was shot, Hanke said.
When backup arrived, Salmon, who joined the force in May 2007, had been shot in the chest. Haufe, a deputy since July 1999, was hit in the hand or arm, Hanke said.
A man was lying dead in the dirt outside a corrugated iron shed 50 yards from the mobile home.
Two people who had been on the property were detained for questioning, Hanke said.
Hanke would not say Friday whether the man had shot the deputies or whether deputies had shot the man.
It was also unclear whether both men participated in the chase, what part the others on the property played and whether they were arrested.
Homicide detectives were investigating, Hanke said.
Both deputies were in fair condition at University Medical Center at 8:30 p.m., a clinical supervisor said.
As is required by department regulations, both deputies were wearing bulletproof vests, Hanke said.
Haufe was involved in a shooting in 2006 in the same area, wounding the driver of a pickup truck who tried to run him over, according to Citizen archives. Haufe was cleared of wrongdoing.
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