The personal bodyguard of King Saudi Arabia Salman was shot and killed, state television reported on Sunday, citing authorities as a personal dispute.
Officials offered little details about the incident, which shocked the kingdom.
Tributes pour into social media for Major General Abdulaziz al Fagam, with many of them, including photos of him working alongside the 83-year-old ruler of the oil-rich kingdom.
"May you rest in peace, hero .." Senior Advisor to the Royal Court Turki al Sheikh tweeted .
While condolences were being issued by officials, the first official word on his death came in a Twitter post by Saudi state television .
It is said to have been killed at the port of the Red Sea in the city of Jeddah, where the government is moving for the summer months.
State television offers no other details. NBC News could not verify the reports.
Hours later, the Saudi state news agency said the dispute saw an al-Fagam friend shoot and kill him, as well as injure another Saudi and Filipino worker there.  The gunfire erupted when security forces responded to a home in which they saw the shooter killed and five members of the security forces injured, the news agency reported.
Officials in the Kingdom did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press.
Gun crimes are rare in Saudi Arabia, where strict Islamic law sees convicted murderers and drug smugglers routinely executed. In 2017, 419 homicides were reported according to the US Drug and Crime Office.
Saudi Arabia is home to over 30 million people.