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Pinal County deputies involved in deadly shooting in San Tan Valley

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Posted at 5:20 AM, May 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-26 14:44:53-04

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ — Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputies were involved in a deadly shooting during a domestic violence response early Wednesday morning.

According to PCSO, deputies were called to a home near Hunt Highway and Thompson Road around 1:45 a.m. where a domestic dispute occurred between a husband and wife.

Officials say the husband, identified as 80-year-old Efren Gomez, was holding a knife and a pair of scissors when officers arrived and he appeared to be stabbing himself.

At one point, officials say Gomez lunged toward the officers while holding the weapons and that is when one PCSO deputy fired their weapon, killing Gomez.

The 74-year-old woman victim was taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries she suffered during the domestic violence incident.

The incident remains under investigation.