Update: The Tohono O’odham police department stopped shootout cyclists after receiving an anonymous complaint from a motorist.
Pima County Sheriff’s deputy Ryan Roher, who attends the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings, said the shootout groups were stopped by Tohono O’odham police, not Pima County deputies.
Roher said he spoke with the Tohono O’odham police department and was told a motorist complained that the ride was taking up both lanes of Mission and when the motorist passed the ride, several cyclists flipped him off.
According to Roher, the road is owned and maintained by Pima County, but the Tohono O’odham police can also stop and ticket road users.
It is unclear exactly what the officers said and that may be difficult to determine because they stopped and spoke to both groups of shootout riders.
The groups were stopped south of Valencia Road on Mission Road where the ride traditionally begins to pick up speed.
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