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2:15 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

Arizona in brief: Woman fatally shot by a Pima County deputy

TUCSON — Pima County Sheriff’s officials say a deputy has fatally shot a woman who was brandishing a large, wooden board in Tucson.

They say 38-year-old Amanda Alvarez struck a resident with a two-by-four around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies say they found Alvarez in a trailer, and she was later shot by a deputy.

Alvarez was taken to a Tucson hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Sheriff’s officials didn’t immediately disclose what prompted the fatal shooting.

They say the incident is under investigation.

Mesa police investigating homicide after body found

MESA — Police in Mesa say they’re investigating a homicide case.

They say someone reported finding the dead body of a man about 3 a.m. Sunday near Main Street and Stapley Drive.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and it’s a homicide but didn’t release any information on the manner of death.

His name and age haven’t been released yet.

Police have closed off several streets in the area as they investigate the case.

Phoenix police identify pedestrian fatally shot by motorist

PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix have identified a pedestrian who was fatally shot by a motorist after an altercation near a light rail platform.

They say 29-year-old Ramon Packineau died after the shooting Friday morning.

Witnesses told police investigators that Packineau and another pedestrian walked across the street to the light rail platform, causing traffic to brake heavily.

The traffic then continued to a red light.

It was then that witnesses say the two pedestrians began yelling at the cars, and Packineau ran toward one vehicle and aggressively approached the driver’s door.

Police say the driver fired one shot from a handgun, striking Packineau.

The driver was interviewed by police and released, pending the remainder if the investigation.

Police haven’t released the name of the driver.