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.