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Authorities ID 2 men fatally shot in Catalina, including the apparent shooter
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Authorities ID 2 men fatally shot in Catalina, including the apparent shooter

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A hostage negotiator conferred with SWAT personnel at 3900 E. Coronado Sunset Drive in Catalina during Friday’s incident. At one point, the suspect in the shooting death of one man and the wounding of two others was barricaded; he later died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Officials have identified two men who died, including the apparent shooter, in a shooting Friday morning in the Catalina area north of Tucson that also wounded two others.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department gave this account in a news release Saturday:

The shooting took place at a home near the intersection of East Coronado Sunset Drive and North Coronado View Road.

About 10 a.m. Friday, deputies responding to the shooting learned victims had been driven away from the home.

Those victims, two men, flagged down the deputies while on the side of the road a short distance from the home. While deputies were giving them aid, Golder Ranch Fire Department personnel arrived and took the victims to a hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

When deputies got to the home, they learned of a third victim believed to be inside.

A rescue team went into the home, found a man and tried speaking with him. Based on descriptions reported to deputies, they determined the man was the alleged shooter, Benjamin Jacinto, 72.

Jacinto, while speaking with deputies, retreated behind a wall before multiple gunshots were heard.

Deputies left the home to secure the property, where they found the third victim, Jose Carlos Valdez, 60. He was declared dead at the scene of gunshot wounds.

SWAT personnel and Pima Regional Bomb Squad members then used a robot to enter the home, where they found Jacinto dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives learned the incident may have stemmed from a long-standing dispute among neighbors.

However, the news release did not say whether all the men were involved in that dispute.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1


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