Update: Police arrest and identify suspect in east Tucson homicide

Golf Links homicide

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Nov. 3, at about 5:20 p.m., Tucson Police officers responded to the 2500 block of South Calle Yucatan, near Golf Links and Kolb, after receiving a report about a physical fight between two males.

Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive subject on the scene and attempted to render first aid. Officers attempted CPR before Tucson Fire arrived, but despite life-saving efforts the male was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as 63-year-old Robert M. Norwood.

The suspect who fought Norwood, 53-year-old John Francis Hodson, was detained by Tucson police.

John Francis Hodson, 53.
John Francis Hodson, 53. (Source: TPD)

Through investigations, detectives learned that Norwood was outside painting the exterior of his residence when he was approached by Hodson, who thought he was spray-painting graffiti on the wall.

A verbal confrontation turned physical, and both subjects began to wrestle on the ground. On scene, witnesses were able to separate the two before officers arrived.

After speaking to Hodson and conducting witness-interviews, police charged Hodson with manslaughter and he was transported to the Pima County Jail.

“[Norwood] was always positive, always kind to people. He was one of the good people in this neighborhood that we all trusted and loved," said Robert Black, one of Norwood’s neighbors. “It’s just mind blowing to know that could have happened to a person like that. You should be able to voice your opinions and your views as long as you’re not out hurting anybody, defacing somebody’s property - I don’t understand it. I feel like it was just a hate crime.”

“[Norwood] was such a kind guy. Since he found out I was blind, he’s been coming by and checking on me," Yvonne Dunn teared up. “I don’t think there is a person on this street that can say anything negative about that man. All I can do is pray, because this used to be such a nice quiet neighborhood.”

Investigations on this case continue. Updates on this story when more information is available.

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