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Neighbors react to midtown shootout involving police

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Residents at a midtown condominium complex where a shooting involving police officers broke out Friday night barely escaped the gunfire themselves.

Ernesto Leon was about to leave his unit when he and his friend saw the Tucson Police officers pursuing a man.

"We were leaving, the door opened, and as soon as we saw the cops running after the guy, we closed the door and we just heard four or five gunshots," Leon said.

Officers were about to serve a search warrant for Michael Castillo on suspected weapons and narcotics offenses at an apartment on the 2600 block of North 14th Avenue when Castillo took off on foot.

Officers pursued him to a gated condominium community nearby, according to a groundskeeper for the complex.

A confrontation ensued, then gunshots was exchanged, according to police. The officers were not injured.

Several shots pierced the bottom wall of two condo units, including Leon's, who said he and his friend were very close to the wall where the round fired through.

"The cops were trying to see if everyone was okay. They knocked on the door and no one was responding, so they kicked the door open to see if everyone was okay. And after they did that, they came to my door. We opened it; I didn't want to get my door knocked down. We just told them we were fine and that's it," Leon said.

Police said Castillo remains in the hospital and has criminal charges pending against him.

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