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UPDATE: Authorities ID suspect in crime spree, deputy involved in shooting

Sgt. Kevin Kubitskey (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Sgt. Kevin Kubitskey (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has identified the suspect and deputy who were involved in a shooting that happened during a crime spree on Tucson's south side on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

According to a news release, the suspect is 24-year-old Elijah Jamal Lawrence. He remains in critical condition at Banner-University Medical Center.

The deputy is 18-year PCSD veteran Sgt. Kevin Kubitskey. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy in this type of incident.

Authorities said the crime spree included carjackings, an armed robbery, hostage situation and the deputy-involved shooting.

It began around 2 p.m. in the 4100 block of East Dover Stravenue.

Authorities said they were called to the area for an armed robbery and carjacking. According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department the suspect attempted to steal a vehicle, but was unsuccessful, he then went to another residence and stole a vehicle, taking a man hostage. 

According to a PCSD release, the Tucson Police Department was investigating a car jacking incident near Valencia and Interstate 10, with the Arizona Department of Public Safety assisting.  It was determined that the incidents were connected. 

PCSD located the vehicle near East Drexel Road and South Alvernon Way, after a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, that is when the pursuit began.  It was during the pursuit, according to the release that the suspect began pointing a gun at the hostage and deputies in pursuit.  

The suspect veered the vehicle and hit a concrete median on Aviation Parkway near East 34th Street, it was at this point the pursuit ended.  Deputies confronted the suspect, who still had the hostage inside the vehicle.  According to PCSD he began pointing the gun at the hostage, at which point shots were fired.  

Deputies took the suspect into custody and learned that he had a bullet wound, they began administering aid, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment. The man who was taken hostage was also taken to the hospital, and he is expected to be OK. 

The initial investigation revealed that one deputy had fired at the suspect.  No law enforcement personnel were injured. 

The eastbound lanes of Aviation were closed for several hours due to the investigation, which is ongoing.

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