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PD: Suspect arrested in Phoenix fatal shooting, car theft

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Posted at 10:10 AM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 17:05:21-04

PHOENIX — Police say a suspect has been arrested after a fatal shooting of a man and vehicle theft near 15th Avenue and Indian School Road Saturday night.

Phoenix police said at about 11:30 p.m., police responded to the area regarding a shooting.

Officers learned that 32-year-old Marco Mendoza had allegedly approached a man in his vehicle, pointed a gun at him and demanded his car.

The 36-year-old man refused and the Mendoza shot him, police said. The vehicle was then taken by Mendoza.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police were able to later track down the vehicle.

Authorities said evidence was gathered from the scene and they were able to identify Mendoza.

At about 4 p.m. Sunday, Mendoza was found and arrested near 40th Street and Broadway Road.

He is facing multiple charges that include murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.