A man is dead after a dispute with his truck driver employee over theft and payment in Arizona earlier this week. 

The incident occurred on November 2nd at an apartment complex in west Phoenix, Arizona. 

According to AZ Family, 51-year-old truck driver David Gordon Sr. and 47-year-old Daruisz Swiader met in an apartment complex parking lot around 1:50 p.m. Surveillance video shows Swiader drive in and get out of his pickup with a bundle of Gordon’s possessions, which he placed on the hood of the pickup. The two men then spoke for around six minutes before Swiader got back into the pickup and Gordon grabbed the bundle of things. Gordon then pulled out a gun and pointed it at Swiader. Swiader appeared to try to open his truck door but Gordon shot him multiple times and walked away from the scene.  

Swiader was found by police dead in his truck with two gunshots to the head.

Police later spoke to Gordon’s son, who was in the parking lot at the time of the incident. He told officers that Gordon was a truck driver and met with Swiader, his boss, in the parking lot to pick up his last paycheck. The two had been arguing over the paycheck for the last week. Gordon reportedly told his son after the shooting that Swiader had threatened to kill him, and that the gun was Swiader’s. Police later discovered that the gun belonged to Gordon. 

In Gordon’s interview with police, he told officers that Swiader had accused him of damaging a semi truck and stealing a GPS prior to their encounter. The argument in the parking was over the accusations and the paycheck. He told police he shot Swiader because he was “fearful for his safety.” Officers do not believe the surveillance footage supports that claim. 

According to Fox 10 Phoenix, Gordon is a previously convicted felon and was not permitted to own a gun. He is being held in Maricopa County jail on charges of second-degree murder and possession of a prohibited weapon.

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