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Man dies after shooting incident in Tonopah

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a residence in Tonopah where an argument led to the shooting, authorities say.

TONOPAH, Ariz. — A man is dead after a shooting incident involving his girlfriend in Tonopah, court documents say.

On Sept. 13, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to assist fire department personnel at a home near 339th Avenue and Salome Highway in Tonopah. But when deputies arrived, they were unable to locate anyone at the residence. 

Deputies were then dispatched to Abrazo West Campus Hospital in reference to a man who had been transported from Abrazo Buckeye Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the man was pronounced dead, according to court documents. 

Deputies learned that the victim was the same man from the residence call earlier that day. Authorities then contacted the victim’s girlfriend, identified as Danielle Cluff, who told deputies that she and her boyfriend were involved in an argument. Documents revealed that she locked him out of the residence in Tonopah and when he tried to force his way in, Cluff shot him with a pellet gun, through the door. 

Because Cluff admitted to “recklessly firing” the pellet gun “out of anger,” and did not fear for her life, her actions were considered reckless and caused the death of the victim, court documents say. 

Cluff was taken into custody and faces one felony two count of manslaughter. 

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