TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — A man and woman are dead following a hours-long standoff at an apartment complex in midtown Tucson Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Tucson Police Department said Victor A. Parsons, who has a long criminal history, was fatally shot. A news release from the agency stated Parsons was inside an apartment when he fired on officers outside. Samantha A. Boyd, who was in a relationship with Parsons, was later found dead in Parsons’ apartment.
The incident began around 2:30 p.m. as an aggravated assault call at the complex located at 201 East Yavapai, which is near Prince and Stone.
The 42-year-old Parsons allegedly called police himself and claimed he and Boyd had been assaulted and were inside the apartment. When officers arrived, witnesses told them Parsons had been yelling and walking outside his apartment armed with a shotgun.
Several apartments were evacuated as SWAT and hostage negotiators arrived on the the scene.
Negotiators talked with Parsons for several hours, but he refused to surrender. He allegedly began shooting at officers and refused commands from police, before finally coming out of the apartment around 8 p.m.
The TPD said Parsons was still holding his shotgun when he walked outside and ignored commands so a single officer shot him. A team of officers rendered aid, but Parsons was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Parsons has been in and out of prison since 1996. He has convictions for aggravated assault, kidnapping, theft, flight from law enforcement, criminal damage and promoting prison contraband.
His last stint ended May 1, 2019 when he was released.
Boyd, 36, was found inside the apartment. She had obvious signs of trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The TPD said the officer involved in the shooting is Bradley Katherman, an eight-year veteran of the TPD.
No officers were hurt in the shooting.