Police ID suspect, officer in fatal Marana shooting

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MARANA, Ariz. (Tucson News Now) -- A suspect in an officer-involved shooting on Monday in Marana has died, according to the Marana Police Department.

According to police, Marana Police officer Cesar Nelson fired at 56-year-old Daniel Lawrence Caldwell after observing Caldwell raising a handgun in his direction in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant at 8400 N. Cracker Barrel Drive, near I-10 and North Cortaro Road.

Police say the Pima County Sheriff's Department had requested assistance at about 3 a.m. in locating Caldwell, who was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence/aggravated assault incident in Pima County.

Around 1 a.m. a deputy spotted Caldwell's girlfriend walking by herself on Anway Road. When the deputy asked what was wrong, she said they had gotten into an argument and Caldwell pointed a gun at her throat.

Although she was not injured, the gun did go off hitting the refrigerator. When the deputy brought her home, Cadwell was not there. But moments later, he called her from a Super 8 Motel phone.
According to a Marana Police news release, Nelson found Caldwell's car in the restaurant parking lot. While sitting in his patrol car, Nelson noticed Caldwell walking up from behind him, holding a handgun. As Nelson exited his car, he observed Caldwell raising the handgun. Nelson drew his weapon and fired at Caldwell.

Caldwell was transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center, where he later died.

Nelson, a six-year veteran of the Marana Police Department, was not injured.

Following standard procedure, Nelson has been put on paid administrative leave while the Marana Police Department investigates the shooting.

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