TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- One of the two Tucson EMTs wounded in a mass shooting on July 18 has died. According to a post on the Community Praying for Jacob Dindinger Facebook page, he died on Thursday night, July 29. The company for which he worked, American Medical Response, confirmed his death.
Dindinger was shot in the head, and his partner was shot in the arm and chest as they sat in their ambulance at Quincie Douglas Center at Silverlake Park. They were staged there during a shooting and house fire near South Campbell Avenue and East Irene Vista.
Governor Ducey on Friday ordered flags at all state buildings to be lower to half-staff to honor Dindinger.
"Jacob Dindinger was a brave, selfless member of our community whose life was taken far too soon. Arizona's deepest prayers are with Jacob’s family, loved ones and fellow first responders," Ducey said in a tweet.
The suspect Leslie Stephen Scarlett, 35, was shot by a police officer and later died.
When the ambulance got to Silverlake Park, near the Quincie Douglas Community Center, police say Scarlett drove up in a silver SUV, got out, and approached the ambulance. Police say Scarlett pointed in the direction of the fire, and when the EMTs looked that way, Scarlett fired multiple shots through the driver's side window. Dindinger was in the driver's seat. Although his partner was wounded, he was able to call for help. Both were later taken to the hospital.
In a statement posted July 23 on social media, Dindinger’s family said the 20-year-old was born in Long Beach, California, and moved to El Paso, Texas, as a child before settling in Tucson. He graduated from Canyon del Oro High School in 2019.
Dindinger’s older brother, Bryan Presetti, is a firefighter/engineer, the family said. Dindinger decided he wanted to become an EMT after visiting him in Long Beach, Calif. Dindinger then enrolled in the EMT program at Pima Community College and became a certified EMT in Arizona shortly after.
Dindinger was hired at AMR in March, and had plans to attend paramedic school.