Shootout at Tucson motel started with robbery attempt

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27-year old Patrick Polanco was shot and killed in a motel parking lot Friday afternoon.  Deputies say he was in a group of three men attempting to rob a couple at the motel. By Bob Richardson 27-year old Patrick Polanco was shot and killed in a motel parking lot Friday afternoon. Deputies say he was in a group of three men attempting to rob a couple at the motel. By Bob Richardson

A 27-year-old man who was shot and killed at a motel along I-10 Friday afternoon was part of a trio of men who attempted to rob a couple at the hotel at gunpoint.

Investigators from the Pima County Sheriff's Department continue to work to answer questions about the incident, but believe Patrick Martin Polanco was with two other men who attempted the robbery of a couple at the hotel.

Spokesperon Deputy Jason Ogan says the investigation at this point indicates one of the robbery victims was able to obtain control of the weapon involved and use it to kill Polanco.  His body was found at the scene.

The incident happened at the Red Roof Inn, 3704 E. Irvington Rd, at about 3 p.m. Friday.  The hotel is just north of Interstate 10 and just east of Palo Verde Boulevard.

The other two men involved with the assault fled.  A few minutes after the incident, a grey Dodge pickup truck dropped off an injured suspect at a local hospital.  Detectives believe that person was also involved in the robbery attempt.  He's listed in stable condition.  Deputies are working to positively identify him.  He faces first degree murder charges.

They continue the search for the third man, described as an Hispanic male in his 20's or early 30's, about 5'8" tall and weighing 160 pounds.  Deputies have since located the pickup truck but the suspect was not with it.

Deputy Ogan says the couple was from out of state and the investigation continues as to whether there was any connection between them and the suspects.  But as of now, no charges have been filed against them.

The sheriff's department is asking anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the third suspect to call 88-CRIME or 911.