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Man arrested in Mexico in connection with deadly Casa Grande shooting, 2 others still on the loose

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 14:17:57-04

CASA GRANDE, AZ — A man was apprehended in Mexico over the weekend and brought back to Arizona in connection with a deadly shooting last week in the Casa Grande area.

A Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Alex Leon was turned over to their custody on Monday afternoon after being captured in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, by Mexican authorities. He was booked on homicide and aggravated assault charges.

Authorities had been searching for Leon and two other suspects, Ryan Jesus Gastelum and Ricardo Melchor, following a shooting near Casa Grande Mountain Park early Thursday morning. PCSO confirmed a man, identified Monday as Chad Bruno, was killed in the shooting and a woman, Alexia Resendiz, was injured.

Officials have not released further details about what led to the incident, but confirmed that "the parties all knew each other and met at the location of the shooting."

All three suspects fled the shooting scene in a silver passenger car that was later found unoccupied in Stanfield, Arizona.

PCSO said both Gastelum and Melchor are still on the loose, and may also be in Mexico. They are considered armed and dangerous. PCSO is working with federal authorities to locate and apprehend both men.

Anyone with information related to this case or the whereabouts of Gastelum and/or Melchor is asked to contact PCSO at 520-866-5111.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.