TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson officer who fatally shot an armed suspect Tuesday, April 10 has been identified.
The Tucson Police Department said Jeffrey Stover, a 23-year veteran of the department, was the officer who killed 39-year-old Mark Powell.
Powell allegedly took a female employee hostage while attempting to rob a business in the 800 block of East Fort Lowell Road.
Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the TPD, said Powell exited the building alone as officers arrived at the scene.
Dugan said Powell then pulled out a firearm and ignored officers' demands to drop it before Stover fired.
The officers and the hostage were not injured, according to Dugan.
Tucson News Now has learned Stover has a history of fatal encounters with armed suspects.
Tuesday's incident was Stover's fourth fatal shooting since 2005.
In May 2007, Stover shot 48-year-old Walter Canez. The TPD said it happened near 34th Street and Martin Avenue and Canez had been threatening people with a firearm.
The TPD said Stover and his partner Zachary Currier asked Canez to show his hands, but he motioned toward two handguns on his waist. Both officers shot at Canez several times and he died at the scene.
Less than a year before, Stover was exonerated in a shooting at a south-side apartment complex that left 25-year-old Deaneglo Rivera dead.
In February 2006, neighbors reported an argument between two people. Investigators said Stover shot Rivera after he pulled a gun. An autopsy revealed Rivera had cocaine in his system.
In October 2005, Stover was one of three officers responding to a domestic dispute at a home near Valencia and Santa Clara.
The TPD said the officers found 40-year-old Miguel Kovrig outside with a firearm. Kovrig was reportedly threatening to kill his family.
Stover, along with another officer, shot and killed Kovrig. An autopsy later revealed Kovrig had been intoxicated at the time of the shooting, the TPD said.