PHOENIX -- Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu sat down with 3TV's Javier Soto Wednesday morning, just hours after learning about the death of his friend and colleague, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
"He had a heart of gold and he loved people," Babeu said.
According to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the investigation, Dever died in a single-vehicle accident in Williams.
"It's just shocking that he's gone," Babeu said. "He was a leader among sheriffs."
Dever's death comes less than a week after the sheriff's mother, Annie Mae Dever, died Friday of cancer at age 86.