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EMT shot in Silverlake Park has died, family says

Flags ordered at half-staff in Dindinger's honor
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Posted at 9:06 AM, Jul 30, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A 20-year-old EMT who was shot in Silverlake Park earlier this month as part of a fire-turned-shooting spree in a Tucson neighborhood has died, his family told AMR Southern Arizona.

Jacob Dindinger was one of two EMTs responding to a call at the park on July 18 when a man pulled up to the scene and began shooting. Jacob was in critical condition in the hospital for nearly two weeks before he died early Friday morning.

In a statement last week, Jacob's family described him as hard-working and quick-witted. They said his dream was to become a firefighter like his older brother and had recently expressed interest in attending paramedic school.

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Four people have now died in the shooting and house fire incident earlier this month, including the suspect. One person died in the house fire nearby, another bystander at the fire was fatally shot, the suspect was shot by police, and now Jacob.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at half-staff in Dindinger's honor. He released this statement:

“Jacob Dindinger was a brave, selfless member of our community whose life was taken far too soon,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona’s deepest prayers are with Jacob’s family, loved ones, his fellow first responders and everyone who has been impacted by the senseless, violent act that took place while he was working to help and protect others. In honor of Jacob’s life and service to our state, I’ve ordered flags be lowered to half-staff.”