Domestic violence call turns into a deadly deputy-involved shooting in Pinal County

A Pinal County Sheriff's Office investigation is underway following a deputy-involved shooting near  Thompson and Roberts roads, just south of the Hunt Highway.

County deputies were responding to a domestic violence call at a married couple's home in San Tan Valley after a fight broke out over an impending divorce.

When officials arrived at the scene just before 2 a.m. on May 26, the man was armed with a knife and scissors. Officials say he was stabbing himself, and then lunged toward law enforcement with the scissors.

Deputies opened fire, killing 80-year-old Efren Gomez.

Authorities say the wife was hospitalized for serious injuries she received from her husband, but is expected to survive.


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