Sent on 1/25/2013 5:24:54 PM
On January 25, 2013, at approximately 9:17 a.m., deputies with the Sheriff’s Tucson Mountain District responded to the 6200 block of North Van Ark Road. A female 9-1-1 caller had made a report of a domestic dispute. She reported that her 21-year-old son, identified as 21-year-old Cody Salzman, had punched a hole in the wall and then poured a flammable liquid into her vehicle threatening to light in on fire. She also said that her son was armed with a machete and had donned a ballistic vest. As deputies continued their response, they learned that Salzman was now armed with a handgun and threatened that there was going to be a “show down” once they arrive on scene. The 9-1-1 caller was then instructed to leave the residence. In order to get to safety, she climbed out of a bathroom window. The first deputy to arrive on scene was Deputy Chance Kennedy, a five year veteran with the department and a member of the Tucson Mountain District Directed Patrol Unit. He stopped his patrol vehicle near the residence. Deputy Kennedy observed Salzman standing behind a pickup truck parked in the residence’s driveway using it as cover and pointing what appeared to be a rifle at him. Deputy Kennedy then fired two shots from his patrol rifle causing Salzman to surrender. Salzman was not hit or injured during the incident. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Robbery/Assault Unit responded to investigate the officer involved shooting event. In the driveway to the residence, they found a wooden rifle stock without a barrel. It was determined to be the item that Salzman had pointed at Deputy Kennedy. Salzman was arrested for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center. The investigation continues.
Van Ark Road & Horse Mesa Trail, Tucson, AZ, United States