Graphic moment bank robbery suspect shot dead by Arizona SWAT team pointing gun at police dog’s head

Graphic moment fleeing bank robbery suspect, 49, is shot dead by Arizona SWAT team for pointing gun at police dog’s head after it tackled him to ground

  • Authorities released body camera footage of an incident, during which a police officer shot at a wanted suspect, Francisco Javier Galarza
  • Tucson police were conducting surveillance on the 49-year-old who was wanted in connection with a home invasion and several robberies in the area
  • Galarza was fatally shot by police officers during the arrest after he took out a gun and aimed it at the head of a police dog
  • Officers and SWAT team members confronted Galarza as he was leaving the Circle K convenience store
  • He was ordered to stop and show his hands, but ran away pulling a black handgun out of a bag he was carrying
  •  A K-9 officer was released and stopped Galarza tackling him to the ground
  • Galarza pointed his gun at the K9 and officers before they fired back at him 

A suspect was shot dead by police in Arizona after he aimed a gun at a police dog’s head. 

Shocking bodycam video from several angled released by the Tucson Police department sees the situation unfold after police were tracking Francisco Javier Galarza, who was wanted in connection with a bank robbery and home invasion,

Galarza, who was 49, was spotted coming out of a Circle K convenience store when officers ordered him to get down on the ground. 

‘Runner, runner, runner, runner,’ one officer yells. 

Authorities released body camera footage of an incident, during which a police officer shot at a wanted suspect, Francisco Javier Galarza

Tucson police were conducting surveillance on the 49-year-old who was wanted in connection with a home invasion and several robberies in the area

Tucson police were conducting surveillance on the 49-year-old who was wanted in connection with a home invasion and several robberies in the area

Galarza was tackled by a K-9 police dog named Kiro who brought him to the ground

Galarza was tackled by a K-9 police dog named Kiro who brought him to the ground

As Galaza refused their orders, he was tackled by a police dog named Kiro who tackled the man by his legs.

Within an instant, Galaza whipped out a handgun and aimed in at the K-9’s head before also aiming it at other police.

Officers in turn aimed at the man before firing off five shots, killing him.  

Police could be heard yelling ‘Police! Get down!’ several times at Galarza as he ran from police. 

Officer Barry Peterson, a 15-year veteran, then released Kiro, who tackled Galarza to the ground.

Galarza took out a gun and aimed it at the head of a police dog

Galarza took out a gun and aimed it at the head of a police dog

Galarza then appeared to aim his gun at officers

Galarza then appeared to aim his gun at officers 

Officers and SWAT team members confronted Galarza as he was leaving the Circle K convenience store

Officers and SWAT team members confronted Galarza as he was leaving the Circle K convenience store

Body cam from several officers sees Galarza reaching for his weapon and aiming it at the dog. 

Galaraza is warned that a gun is about to be fired before the deadly shots are released.

Several agencies are now reviewing the footage in order to determine whether the deadly use of force was warranted.

Galarza has a lengthy criminal history record according to News13.

In 1992, Galaraza was sentenced to three years in prison. Two years on he was convicted of drug possession and was sentenced to four years.

In 2000, Galarza was convicted of vehicle theft. In 2001 he was convicted of six counts of armed robbery and jailed for 11 years. After his release he was convicted once again for armed robbery for another seven-and-a-half years. 

Galazrza was ordered to stop and show his hands, but ran away pulling a black handgun out of a bag he was carrying

Galazrza was ordered to stop and show his hands, but ran away pulling a black handgun out of a bag he was carrying

Galarza pointed his gun at the K9 and officers before they fired back at him

Galarza pointed his gun at the K9 and officers before they fired back at him

A K-9 officer was released and stopped Galarza tackling him to the ground

A K-9 officer was released and stopped Galarza tackling him to the ground



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