Father takes own life; found in rubble of Arizona home where he shot baby multiple times

25 days ago

Surprise news, Arizona news.

The body of an Arizona man was found in the rubble of a home that caught fire during a SWAT standoff after he shot his baby son multiple times, police said.

Police in Surprise believe that 51-year-old Todd Christopher Marchetti shot himself in the head after repeatedly refusing to peacefully surrender.

The situation started at around 11:30 a.m. Friday when a woman called 911 to report that Marchetti had held her and her 6-month-old baby hostage at the home since 3 a.m.

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  • The woman managed to escape with minor injuries and borrowed a phone to call 911. When police arrived, they heard gunshots and found the baby suffering multiple wounds to his lower extremities.

    Officers did not see the father as they rescued the baby; shortly later, the home caught fire.

    “Once it was safe for investigators to enter the residence, they discovered the remains of Marchetti with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” police said.

    “The cause of death is still pending the results of the medical examiner’s full report.”