Soldier home to mourn loss of father dies in officer-involved shooting
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A SWAT stand-off on the far southwest side ended this morning with a deadly officer-involved shooting.
Pima County Sheriff's Deputies have identified the victim as 20-year-old man as Marty Maiden II.
Deputies responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a man threatening to take his own life around 7:30 a.m. in the 7500 block of Woodbury Grove Drive.
Maiden initially barricaded himself in the house. He came out of the home, pointed a rifle at deputies and that is when a deputy shot and killed him, Captain Byron Gwaltney said.
No deputies were harmed during their confrontation with Maiden, Gwaltney said.
Deputies tell 9 On Your Side Maiden was home on military leave to attend his father's funeral.
Maiden's father shot and killed himself in a similar SWAT stand-off in the same home on Halloween, Gwaltney said.
"It is a quiet residential neighborhood and to have two such instances in such a short period of time, particularly the one today where the risk to the neighborhood and the officers was relatively significant, it's a frightening event," Gwaltney said.
Kaitlin Huntley was friends with Maiden. She woke up this morning to a disturbing post from him on Facebook.
"It was basically a cry for help and a goodbye note all in one," Huntley said.
"I can't handle anything else that is thrown my way," Maiden wrote in his Facebook post. "I've done everything I could have possibly done to do everything right now, but my time has come to an end and I am coming to meet my friends and family at the other end."
After Maiden didn't answer her texts or calls, Huntley rushed to house, hoping to help a friend from the Army.
"As a battle buddy," she said. "You're supposed to be there for him and I feel like I didn't have the chance to be there for him."
Huntley is just trying to grasp how a friend who fought on the front lines in Afghanistan had his life cut short back home.
"For him to come here and not feel safe and comfortable in his own environment and deal with his dad after just leaving a war zone, I cant imagine what he's going through," Huntley said. "I cant imagine what he went through."
This fatal officer-involved shooting is still under investigation.