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Updated Mar 22, 2014 - 8:33 am

Man accused of assaulting a Tucson police officer

TUCSON, Ariz. — A man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Tucson
police officer.

Police said 35-year-old Juan Jose Ortega was taken into custody Friday after a
standoff.

Officers responded to a call about a suicidal man. When police caught up to
Ortega on the street, they said he pulled out a large knife and attempted to stab
one of the officers in the head.

Police said Ortega waived the knife at a second officer while he was trying to
get away.

They said Ortega fled into a yard and held the knife at his chest and refused to
put it down, sparking a standoff.

After several hours, negotiators were able to convince Ortega to surrender.

He’s being held on suspicion of aggravated assault on a peace officer with a
dangerous instrument.

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