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Sheriff’s Department: Man held key fob when shot by deputy

TUCSON, Ariz. — A dark object held by a man fatally shot as he allegedly charged a sheriff’s deputy turned out to be a key fob and no gun was found at the scene, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputy Gilbert Caudillo shot 19-year-old Bradley Alexander Lewis after Lewis used his vehicle to ram a sheriff’s vehicle and then quickly got out while holding a dark object in his hand, the department said Thursday in a statement.

Deputies had pulled over Lewis after they responded to a report of a man attempting to break into vehicles early the morning of Jan. 20, the department said.

According to the department, deputies had a description of the man’s vehicle, then identified Lewis as the suspect and knew he was wanted in a criminal case alleging aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The department said it is conducting a criminal investigation that will be reviewed by the Pima County Attorney’s Office and that a standard administrative investigation will follow.