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Man claims self-defense in deadly stabbing of another man in Mesa

Posted at 7:40 PM, Aug 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-15 15:02:31-04

MESA, AZ — Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says one man was taken into custody after a man was stabbed and killed in Mesa Saturday afternoon.

Officials say deputies responded to an incident near University Drive and Hawes Road.

When deputies arrived, they found a man who had been stabbed.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police documents, 24-year-old David Anthony Cruz was taken into custody and jailed in connection to the deadly stabbing.

Witnesses say the victim arrived in the area for a yard sale nearby. Cruz was reportedly seen by witnesses arguing with the victim who parked outside of his house.

The argument between the two reportedly escalated to a physical fight and Cruz pulled out a knife.

Police say Cruz told them he walked outside and was “suddenly surrounded” and “became very scared for his safety.” Cruz said he pulled out a pocket knife in self-defense.

Police say no signs of injury were noted on Cruz’s body.

He was booked into jail on one count of manslaughter.