A north-side man, reported to be suicidal, was shot and killed Monday by a sheriff’s deputy.
A woman at a home in the 5200 block of North Crowley Lane near the intersection of North La Cholla Boulevard and West Curtis Road, called 911 at about 9:30 a.m. She wanted deputies to “check the welfare of her roommate who was suffering a mental health crisis and had a firearm,” Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.
Deputies made contact with 46-year-old Scott Mitchell and determined a court order was in place for a mental health evaluation, Rodriguez said.
“Deputies were able to get the female out of the house safely and confirmed with her that Mr. Mitchell was suicidal, armed with a firearm and barricaded inside the residence. Deputies attempted to talk Mr. Mitchell out, but the attempts were unsuccessful,” Rodriguez said.
Due to the threat posed by Mitchell, nearby homes were evacuated, school buses were diverted and the SWAT team was called in.
In an attempt to communicate with Mitchell, SWAT members sent a robot into the home, but Mitchell shot it, disabling the cameras, Rodriguez said.
SWAT members then shot chemical agents into the home. When Mitchell fired at deputies outside the home, he was shot and killed by Sgt. Derek Tyra, a 14-year veteran of the department, Rodriguez said. Mitchell died sometime before 5:30 p.m.