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PCSD: 2 dead, 2 injured in long-standing neighbor dispute in Catalina

Pima County Sheriff's deputies say a suspect in a shooting is barricaded in a Catalina home.
Catalina shooting suspect barricaded in home
Posted at 10:20 AM, Jun 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-05 18:43:18-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Pima County Sheriff's deputies say two are dead after a long standing neighbor dispute in Catalina Friday.

Around 10 a.m., deputies responded to a shooting happened near Coronado Sunset Drive and Coronado View, according to the department. Before arrival, the 911 caller said that her neighbor had shot her children.

According to the department it was learned that the victims were taken to a different area, away from the initial incident location. Deputies were flagged down by the victims on the side of the road.

Golder Ranch Fire Department crews were on scene rendering aid. PCSD says the adult male victims were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the department, after deputies arrived, it was learned that there was a possible third victim who was inside the home.

Deputies had made limited contact inside the home, where they found a man, according to the department. While attempting to identify the man, deputies received information about the suspect, and based on the details, deputies were engaging with the the suspect, 72-year-old Benjamin Jacinto.

During contact, Jacinto went behind a wall, where deputies then heard multiple gunshots, according to the department. Deputies left and secured the home, during that time they found a third victim who had died from his injuries. PCSD identified the victim as 60-year-old Jose Carlos Valdez.

The SWAT Team and the Pima Regional Bomb Squad deployed a robot to look for the suspect, where Jacinto was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the department.

Responding detectives learned of a long-standing neighbor dispute between the parties, deputies say.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing.