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Arizona in Brief: Sen. McCain treated at Walter Reed for torn Achilles tendon

Sen. McCain treated at Walter Reed for torn Achilles tendon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain’s office says he suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon and was treated over the weekend at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

A statement from his office says the 81-year-old Arizona Republican also was treated for “other normal and non-life-threatening side effects of cancer therapy.” McCain is in his sixth Senate term and has brain cancer.

McCain was limping badly last week. The statement says he’s back at work and will wear a walking boot until his injured tendon is fully healed.

McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called a glioblastoma. It’s the same type of tumor that killed Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at 77 in 2009.

Police identify stabbing suspect who was fatally shot

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who they say was fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer after the suspect stabbed the driver of a bus and a passenger.

Police say 27-year-old Humberto Edwards died in Saturday’s shooting.

Investigators say Edwards boarded the Valley Metro bus armed with knives.

Once the attack started, the driver stopped the bus and, along with the passengers, fled.

Police say Edwards tried to get into occupied vehicles in a bid to get away.

They say an off-duty police sergeant noticed Edwards’ suspicious actions, exited his vehicle, drew a handgun and identified himself as an officer.

Police say the sergeant fired his gun after Edwards refused to his commands and continued toward him.

The victims suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting near university

TUCSON (AP) — Police in Tucson say they have arrested a man allegedly involved in a homicide last week near the University of Arizona campus.

They say 29-year-old Bernard Deshon Rayford is being held in connection with a fatal shooting late last month that could be gang related.

It was unclear Sunday if Rayford has a lawyer yet.

Police found Rayford inside of a home on Tucson’s south side and say he was taken into custody without incident.

Rayford has been booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say officers went to a home on Oct. 28 and found two men who had been shot.

Both were taken to hospitals, and one of the men died. He was identified as 25-year-old Peter Ortiz.