Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Marcus Dickson, a 26-year-old Marana man, shot and killed 40-year-old Martin Padilla, also of Marana, according to the Marana Police Department.
According to the interim complaint and statement of probable cause filed with the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court, the incident began when Dickson began honking his horn at Padilla in a parking lot at Arizona Pavilions Drive and Cortaro Road.
Padilla pulled to the side to allow Dickson to pass, but Dickson then allegedly “pulled his vehicle in front of the victim blocking him in.”
At that time, both Dickson and Padilla exited their vehicles and initiated a verbal argument—which soon turned physical.
According to the report, Padilla grabbed Dickson around his waist and pushed him to the ground, and tried to “restrict his movements by sitting on top of him and holding him down.”
Within the statement of probable cause, a note was made indicating the difference in size between the two men; Padilla stood 5’11” and weight 215 pounds, while Dickson stands 6’5” and weighs 300 pounds.
As the fight continued, Dickson told authorities he tried to push Padilla off of him, but was unable to do so. With his left hand stuck, Dickson said he decided to use his right hand to remove his firearm and shoot Padilla in the torso.
Padilla then moved off of Dickson, who said he shot him again “to avoid him getting up,” and then flagged down and called for police.
Bystanders, including Padilla’s son, and Northwest Fire District personnel attempted to save Padilla’s life, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dickson was detained and charged with one count of felony manslaughter.
That’s a lesser crime than second degree murder, and would seem to indicate police may be viewing it as a crime of self defense. Manslaughter, a class 2 felony punishable by a minimum of seven years in prison, is defined as happening “upon a sudden quarrel or heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim.”
One witness on the scene told Fox 11 News that Padilla seemed to be the aggressor in the confrontation leading up to the shooting.
Dickson was booked and has been released from Pima County Jail on bond, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.