Reports detail deadly overnight cases in Pima County - Tucson News Now

Reports detail deadly overnight cases in Pima County

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It was a Saturday night in southern Arizona and police in Tucson responded to a possible domestic violence case that would eventually involve two crime scenes on either side of Pima County.

A 911 operator took a call late on February 18 from a man claiming that his cousin told him he was beating on his girlfriend and might do something crazy.

The caller didn't have an address, according to records from the Tucson Police Department. Officers found Christine Betancourt dead inside of her apartment on South Palm Side Drive.

Investigators searched for her boyfriend of only a couple weeks, 26-year-old Manuel Encinas. Records show he was released from prison in January.

However, before TPD detectives could find him, Encinas encountered the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Several hours later, a clerk working at the Circle K on South Nogales Highway near Old Nogales Highway called 911.

She told that operator that Encinas told her to make the call. She can be heard describing the situation:

Clerk: "He said he was going to blow my head off if I didn't give them cigarettes.
Operator: Sorry, what was that?
Clerk: He said he was going to blow my head off"

Encinas told the clerk he had a Glock, according to the report from Pima County Sheriff's Department. When it was all over, investigators would later learn his weapon was an air soft gun.

Deputies responded to the scene prepared for a hostage situation. The clerk made it out of the store safely.

Four deputies opened fire on Encinas, according to Deputy Ryan Inglett PCSD. Records show that 49 shell casings for found at the scene. Inglett said all four have returned to duty.

The two law enforcement agencies worked together to identify Encinas at the scene on the south side, as the suspect wanted for the death of Betancourt on the east side.

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