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TPD: Man shot by police during father/son struggle over handgun

A man who was shot by a Tucson police officer Wednesday night was arguing with his father and wrestling over a handgun at the time, authorities said.

The officer shot his weapon, striking the adult son, when the gun that was held by one of the pair in the struggle was fired as police were giving commands to drop the handgun, a Tucson Police Department spokesman said.

The man was taken to a local hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, and was still being treated Saturday.

Police had responded to a report of a disturbance in the 1300 block of North Falcon Ridge Drive, near West Speedway and North Greasewood Road in a housing development just north of the West Campus of Pima Community College, around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were told that "unknown family members were outside arguing in front of a residence and that one of them was armed with a gun," TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan said Saturday.

Responding officers found two adult males, later identified as a father and son, struggling over a handgun, Dugan said.

"As they were giving commands to drop the weapon, the handgun was fired. One officer discharged his firearm, striking one of the subjects (the adult son)," Dugan said in a news release.

The officer involved in the shooting was Officer Gustavo Castro, a 3.5-year veteran of TPD, he said. No officers were injured in the incident, authorities said earlier.

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The identity of the man who was shot is being withheld until he is released from the hospital, he said.

In addition to the standard criminal investigation into the case, the police shooting will be reviewed by TPD's Office of Professional Standards and the Critical Incident Review Board, Dugan said.

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