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Weekend homicide suspect turns himself in, Mesa police say

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Man shot, killed near Main Street and Dobson 9-29
Posted at 12:05 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 15:10:28-04

MESA, AZ — Mesa police say a man turned himself in after a weekend homicide and police took him into custody.

Police say Jesse Hernandez, 24, turned himself into Phoenix police officers around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, saying he was involved in a shooting in Mesa. About two hours earlier, officers had started investigating a homicide at an apartment complex near Main Street and Dobson Road.

The victim, later identified as Khalil Evans, suffered life-threatening injuries and later died at the hospital.

According to a release from the Mesa Police Department, Hernandez told detectives he was at the scene, possessed a firearm and fired it during the incident. Police say he was visiting his estranged wife and Evans was his brother-in-law.

Hernandez told police Evans approached him as he was leaving and asked if he had a missing key. Detectives were able to recover the handgun used in the homicide.

Hernandez has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of misconduct involving weapons.