Fatal Shooting Video Released in Pima County Sword Incident

TUCSON, Ariz. – Security camera footage has been released by authorities revealing the tragic shooting of a man brandishing a sword in Pima County on February 24. The video was made public by the Pima County Regional Incident Team on March 29, shedding light on the fateful events that unfolded that day.

The 23-year-old victim, Devon Lewis, was fatally shot at a hotel located in the 4800 block of South Palo Verde Road, according to the PCRIT. The incident transpired after a concerned individual called 911 to report Lewis’s erratic behavior of yelling and waving a sword in the parking lot.

Upon the arrival of Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Lewis was spotted outdoors with his sword safely sheathed. However, after a brief exchange with the deputies, Lewis unexpectedly unsheathed his weapon and advanced towards them in an aggressive manner.

In response to the imminent threat, a deputy fired at Lewis, resulting in the fatal injury. Subsequently, other deputies rushed to administer aid to Lewis, but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The deputy involved in the shooting was identified as Ramon Morales, a one-year veteran of the PCSD. A comprehensive investigation into the incident is currently underway with the Tucson Police Department leading the inquiry, while the PCSD conducts a separate probe to assess any possible policy infractions. Upon the completion of the investigations, all findings will be forwarded to the Pima County Attorney’s Office for review.

This incident marked the fourth law enforcement shooting in the Tucson area within the year 2024, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by local authorities in maintaining public safety. As the community grapples with the aftermath of yet another tragic incident, questions arise regarding the use of force by law enforcement and the protocols in place to de-escalate such tense situations.