Zachary Penton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Zachary Penton. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

A 21-year-old Arizona man who is accused of shooting his roommate dead during a fight Sunday tweeted a day earlier that he if he didn’t move out of the home he might “viciously murder” his roommates.

Zachary Penton, of Gilbert, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Daniel Garofalo, police told the Arizona Republic.

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Twitter screenshot of the now-deleted tweet.

Police were called to the East Morning Star Lane home where Penton and Garofalo lived about 11:15 a.m. for a report of a shooting. According to police, Penton admitted to the responding officers that he had fatally shot Garofalo during an argument, the Republic reports.

A Glock 17 handgun was found in the driveway of the home, and Penton told police he placed it there after the shooting, according to the newspaper. Penton was taken into custody at the scene.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Penton Says His Roommate Had Been ‘Acting Irrational’ & Threatened to Kill Him if He Didn’t Move Out

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Zachary Penton. (Twitter)

Zachary Penton told police that Daniel Garofalo, who owned the home where he and Penton were living, had been exhibiting bizarre behavior during the days leading up to the fight, according to court documents obtained by the Arizona Republic.

“Zachary said the homeowner had been acting irrational, and spoke about black holes and alternate universes which scared Zachary,” KTVK-TV says police wrote in a probable cause statement. “Zachary said he was scared and that was why he shot the homeowner. When asked if he would change anything, Zachary said he would not and was okay with the outcome since he was not hurt.”

Penton told police that Garofalo came into his bedroom and told him he was going to kill him if Penton didn’t move out of the house, according to the court documents. Penton told police Garofalo tackled him onto his bed and took his phone.

He said he tried to walk away from Garofalo, but Garofalo kept grabbing at him, police said. Penton told police he grabbed his Glock handgun from under his pillow and shot Garofalo twice while they were standing next to the bed, police said.

Garofalo was not armed, police said. He was shot in the head, according to police.


2. Penton Often Posted About Guns on Social Media, Including a Tweet in June Saying ‘Holy Shit Buying a Gun Is So Easy’

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Zachary Penton. (Twitter)

Penton tweeted frequently about guns, saying numerous times that he wanted one for protection. He also talked often about going shooting.

In one June tweet, Penton wrote, “holy shit buying a gun is so easy.”

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/738868491688644608

You can see some of the other tweets below:

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/765658088179249152

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/764180849889718272

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/742607427586002947

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/740990108577341440

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/702027758633811969

He also posted a photo of him holding a large knife while replying to a friend’s post about a “crazy lady” approaching his car:

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/605241699116261377

He has tweeted about getting a gun for several years:

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/282001690562031616

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/302638192945922049

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/307951833014497280

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/359491330608603136

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/436269221018750976

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/607823873703174144

While Penton, who is charged with second-degree murder, threatened to “viciously murder” his roommates, he tweeted “murder is never the answer” last May.

https://twitter.com/Zac_Penton/status/597233788691685376

He also retweeted a post about gun control earlier in August:

While his Twitter account includes many tweets about his interest in guns it wasn’t the only thing he wrote about. He also posted several times about his cars and his motorcycle, often sharing photos. He also tweeted about music, video games and going to the gym.


3. Penton Did Not Known Garofalo Before He Moved Into His Home 2 Months Ago, Police Say

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(Facebook)

Penton told police he moved into the house two months ago and did not know Garofalo before then, the Arizona Republic reports.
It is not clear how many other people lived in the home with Penton and Garofalo.

In a tweet following his post about how he might “viciously murder” his roommates, he wrote, “they literally just got into a drunk fight after one of them was stung by a bee, like wtf.”

No one else was home at the time of the shooting, police said.


4. His Tweet Has Been Shared More Than 25,000 Times, With Many Warning Others to ‘Always Follow Your Roommates on Twitter’

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(Twitter)

Penton’s tweet went viral after news of the shooting broke, and it had been retweeted more than 25,000 times by Monday night, with many people advising others, “always follow your roommates on Twitter.”

The Twitter post also led to many jokes on social media, and a parody account.

https://twitter.com/imaustinbye/status/767796072873861120

A woman who claimed to be friends with Penton, who has since made her account private, tweeted, “The insensitivity he used when he joked about killing his roommates over a drunken bee sting is the same insensitivity you’re all using when you make jokes about it and repost it for likes,” according to Buzzfeed.

She also said social media users were “shaming” Penton because of the murder charge.

Police did not comment about the tweet, but said they looking into the account as part of the investigation into the shooting.


5. Penton Is Being Held on $750,000 Bail at the Maricopa County Jail

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(Twitter)

Penton is being held on $750,000 bail on the second-degree murder charge, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office records.

He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

Penton made his first court appearance Monday. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney.

Police said Penton is cooperating with the investigation.

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Anonymous

Well, Zac. You’re going to have some brand new roommates now. Not to worry. You’ll never even have to remember names. They will all be named Bubba! F-tard.

manigordo

the only crazy wigga here seems to be penton1 poor gar@f@lo (named misspelled several times in post)… again, if he was so crazy, call for help. maybe he was schizo or on drugs. either way and again, call the cops, the pysch ward, etc. you had plenty of time. no need to shoot him; but obv he wasn’t… this guy’s an idiot; you’re told you’re not wanted and gtfo accordingly, and it’s not even your home11 wtf is this shit111 any normal human being would. he wanted to kill his landlord; true motive to be det. so fistfck this fugly pos with the same gun that shot his ‘roommate’1111 and what was he doing boasting a gun and a knife ol anyways… 2nd amendment nutcase looking for an excuse to whack anybody that upsets him seems like a more fitting headline… but what really upsets me is ‘friends’ like the twitter ‘woman’ that defended this asshole. i bet they have a lot more in common :re: no wonder the e-diot hid herself. i lol’d otherwise, obv…

SOCIALSKEPTICGIRL

Were you there? Did you witness this first hand? Then why are you talking like you’re so damned sure of what happened? It’s so typical. And overdone. Leave it to the big guys to figure it all out, love.

manigordo

the best to predict future actions is to look at past ones… he was a well known troublemaker, ‘tough guy’, and all around wigga asshole in the first place. picked fights with almost everyone over anything. if i waited for the whole evidence, then i wouldn’t be doing a good job. i’ve seen this overly aggressive behavior before, many, many times. it was only a matter of time before the house conflict escalated from words and punches to weapons and death. and if not the house, it’d been the bar, work, etc. even if it was some sort of prior immediate altercation; it most certainly was one that the pos started. he waited for the police not because he was innocent, but because he wanted the attention of being taking in with an audience that reinforced his twisted mind. it feed his delusion of grandeur, because deep within he’s just the opposite…

Anonymous

The trick ass whore who hid herself can go two places either six feet under straight to hell or behind bares with penton. Danny the home owner was one of my best friends who would never do the crazy acts that zac is claiming he did, hello bitch I was roommates with Danny at one point to. So you should shut that dirty ass mouth of urs and you don’t have the privilege to put anymore of or ur two bits in about my friend Danny.

Jeff

I wouldn’t be so quick to assume. Like he said in his story, Garfalo came into him first and he was defending himself. Now I know he’s not telling all the truth but don’t act like you know what going on. keep your opinion to yourself.

manigordo

ditto&idem…

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manigordo

ps; notice also how come it is that he had problems with them, and them with him, but not with one another; ie not them within them… obv he was the only problem then…

Someone who cares

Practice what you preach here man. Were you there? How do you know GAROFALO “came into him” because he says this? Please… Danny cannot defend himself he was murdered. Of course this idiot claims it wasn’t his fault, there’s no one to counter his claim cause he (factually) murdered him in cold blood. Normal people do not conduct themselves in the manner in which this guy has chose too with his b.s. threatening tweets, those are facts… Keep YOUR opinions to YOURSELF.

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