Suspect shot by Tucson police following car jacking, ID'd

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The suspect that was killed in Monday’s officer involved shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Joseph Molina.

On Monday at 3:49pm, Tucson officers were called to an attempted carjacking near the Ronstadt Transit Center. According to TPD, Molina fired a shot at a car nearly missing the juvenile driver, three other occupants inside and other citizens downtown. Officers gave chase and Molina fled south on 6th Ave to a parking lot.

Tucson Police say, after attempting the first carjacking, he attempted another carjacking. He even threatened the victim with his gun.

TPD Officer James Wakeman found Molina at 6th Ave and Broadway Blvd. Officer Wakeman tried verifying if Molina was the victim or the suspect. Molina then pointed his gun at the officer and Wakeman ran to the back of his patrol car to take cover.

Against orders Molina jumped in the patrol car and possibly started firing shots at the officer. Officer Wakeman fired back, hitting him.

Molina continued to drive south on 6th Ave to about 14th Street where he crashed into a Sun Tran bus carrying at least 14 people.  The suspect's gun and a box of ammunition were located at the crash site.  Officers gave Molina CPR before he was transported to University Medical Center, where he later died.

Officer Wakeman is a 9 year veteran of the Tucson Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in these types of incidents.