BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man is dead and a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy has minor injuries following a shooting late Friday night.

The incident occurred just before midnight near 209th Avenue and Narramore Road.

[WATCH: Man shot and killed in Buckeye after throwing wrench at deputies]

MCSO said they were responding to a domestic disturbance in the Rainbow Valley area.

When they arrived, two deputies contacted the suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Juan Torres, in the backyard of the residence.

MCSO said that Torres then threw a large wrench and struck one of the deputies.

The suspect then approached the deputies with a hammer and both deputies then discharged their service weapons, striking Torres.

Cindy Bybee lives down the street and said she heard shots fired.

"It was just like the bang, bang the pop sounds you get," said Bybee.  "It wasn't like really quick that I remember. You just hear the bang, bang, and it's like an echo. I think from what I can remember maybe two, maybe three that were fired."

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Torres was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"I’m sorry it happened to them," said Bybee. "Bad things happen, and we don’t know the mental state of people or why they do things, but it’s sad they lost a life as well."

No other information has been released.

The case is under investigation. 


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You guys have no clue yes he threw a 🔧 & b4 officers got there he had 🔨 & 🔧 in his hand no one knows his reason for throwing 🔧 maybe he wanted them to fire at him who knows but there was a fence in between the officers & him so it wasnt like he was really guna harm them he didnt deserve to be shot infront of his family & die in the back yard next to were his nieces & nephews play at the playground they have at home 10 shots is a lil to much dont you think


What a tool! He got what he deserved.


Typical Hispanic conflict resolution technique - violence. It's cultural. You know the old adage though - "Never bring a wrench to a gunfight."


Actually it was a hammer that he attacked them with that finally got him killed. Makes me wonder if either of the deputies were carrying a Taser, pepper spray or baton. And how far away from them was he when he threw the wrench and picked up the hammer.


i guess tasers are a thing of the past anymore


Tasers are a waste of effort. He got what he deserved.


they'd never kill a white boy...


too many of your brownies out there causing too much trouble.


Just as long as the deputies get to go home safe


Never bring a wrench to a gun fight.

JF Conlon

It wasn't till he got hammered that the cop put a monkey wrench in his plans.


He thought he could fix his problem with a wrench. When that failed, he put the hammer down and wound up with a lethal case of high velocity lead poisoning.


He didn't, or do you not know how to comprehend what you read you stupid moron? The police came to him; thus, they brought a gun to a wrench fight. Understand comprehension now or is your moronic mind too disturbed?


Suuuuuuuuuk it, clownboy

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