One man was killed and another charged with manslaughter after a heated confrontation turned into a deadly shooting in the busy parking lot of Marana’s Arizona Pavilions shopping center Friday, June 30.
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.
Police are still investigating why the two men started fighting in the busy parking lot on Arizona Pavilions Drive and Cortaro Road, and they’re asking anyone who saw the event to come forward.
Marana Police Department Sgt. Chriswell Scott said it’s unclear what lead to the physical altercation between the two, but based on witness statements, they’re investigating it as a possible case of road rage that escalated to a physical confrontation and shooting.
“We’re still looking into the road rage angle. I’ve heard that and I’ve seen some of the witnesses that the media has talked to has said that, but we’re still looking into that,” he said.
The two men were not involved in an accident, according to Scott. Police wouldn’t comment on whether Padilla was driving or if there were other passengers in the car.
Bystanders 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 on the scene 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.
Scott described the shooting as isolated and not related to any other crimes. He said this is only the second homicide in Marana this year.
“Violent crimes, murder, carjacking, that sort of thing is very rare here. Very, very rare,” he said.
Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crime to call 88-crime.