BUCKEYE, Ariz. (FOX 10) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that left one person dead.
It happened just after midnight near Buckeye in an area known as Rainbow Valley. Deputies responded to a home near 209th Avenue and Narramore Road regarding a domestic disturbance late Friday night.
MCSO says two deputies contacted Juan Torres, 39, in the backyard when he threw a large wrench striking one of the deputies. Torres then approached the two with a hammer and both deputies fired their weapons hitting Torres.
Officials say Torres was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. One deputy received minor injuries.
We spoke to the family of the man who shot and killed by deputies. They say 39-year-old Torres was having a mental breakdown when deputies arrived. But they never expected him to die in their backyard.
MSCO says deputies called the situation at 209th Avenue and Narramore Road a domestic disturbance. But according to his family, 39-year-old Torres was going through a mental crisis as he held a wrench and hammer, pacing in the backyard.
"The wrench got thrown and I just [saw] it fly by and he started shooting," said Irma Torres, Juan's sister.
Officials say Torres approached the deputies with a hammer after throwing the wrench. His family says he was 15 feet away and never came toward authorities.
"I don't feel like the deputies lives were ever in danger to where they needed to open fire that many times at him," said Vanessa Torres, Juan's sister. "The whole time, there was a fence between them."
Family members have called 911 before when Torres had mental breakdowns - including Friday night. They say he battled depression and planned to seek help.
"When he was okay, he was lovable," said Hilda Torres, Juan's mother. "He helped me. He loved his nephew and nieces. He loved them to death."
Hilda Torres says she can no longer stay in the home she raised her children after what happened. She wishes she could have saved her firstborn from this tragedy.
"That we love him, that we wish we got him the help that he needed," Hilda said.
MSCO officials say right now it's unknown if the deputies were wearing body cameras, as the case is still under investigation.
The Torres family has set up a GoFundMe to assist with funeral expenses.