Former MCSO deputy, Ramon Armendariz, found dead in home

WEST PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies said a former deputy involved in a standoff earlier this week has been found dead in his home.

MCSO spokesman Christopher Hegstrom said deputies were trying to execute an arrest warrant at the deputy's  house located near 33rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road on Thursday.

The 40-year-old deputy, identified as Ramon Armendariz, was supposed to appear Wednesday to have an ankle monitor fitted, but didn't show.

Officials went to his home Thursday to serve an arrest warrant when they discovered the former deputy dead in his home. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said it appears that the deputy committed suicide by hanging.

MCSO officials are now conducting a death investigation at the location.

The former deputy was the subject of a nine-hour barricade situation on May 4.

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Phoenix police said the suspect had barricaded himself in his home for almost nine hours before surrendering peacefully at about 1 a.m. Monday. Officers had gone to the home after friends of the suspect called 911 because they were concerned that he was threatening to harm himself.

Hegstrom said the suspect joined the Department in 2005, but quit last week.

AIR15 video showed two SWAT vehicles at the home with deputies in tactical gear.

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