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Aug 15, 2012 Comments Off Toro520

KGUN9 – Tucson:

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Police, along with the U.S. Marshals Service are still searching for a man they say opened fire on an officer, after they arrested two others in the same incident.

TPD tells KGUN9 that Sergio Valenzuela, 20, and Jose Tapia Paloma, 24, were arrested and charged with several felony offenses after they led police on a man-hunt Sunday night.

Officers responded to Irvington and Liberty Sunday around 10:50 p.m., to reports of three men waving guns and pointing them at people at a car wash.

Police say the men were equipped with three assault rifles, a Glock handgun, about 400 rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest.

When officers arrived at the car wash, the men took off in their car. The suspects ditched the car in the area of Pennsylvania and Liberty and took off on foot. One of the suspects jumped a wall, turned, and opened fire on an officer.

The officer was not injured, but TPD called all officers on duty for back-up, including five SWAT teams.

Police tracked down two of the suspects with the help of police K9s, and one of the men was bitten by a police dog and taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Micaela Bullock works across the street, and says this incident, along with recent robberies at her store, scares her.

“Just knowing that hooligans are out in the neighborhood making ruckus around here, it’s actually kind of nerve-racking,” she said.

Officers are still on the lookout for the third man. Police say he may be wearing body armor, and could be carrying an assault rifle.

Ericka Acuna works at the hair salon next door to the car wash where this incident first started. She says that knowing the third suspect is still out there worries her.

“We’re right next door to it,” she said. “I mean, I worked yesterday and if we would have stayed any later, you know, it’s very scary.”

Police conducted a yard-by-yard search of the area, and consider the suspect armed and dangerous.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 35 years-old,  5? 7? tall, and 220 pounds.

TUSD says C.E. Rose Elementary School, which is in the area, was open for classes today.