Police: Man shot by repairman in Surprise, dies at hospital

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-22 23:28:09-04

Police say a repairman is in custody after a shooting at a Surprise home left a man dead. 

According to Surprise police, around 3:20 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a home near Citrus Road and Grand Avenue for a report of a shooting. 

A repairman had been called to the home to perform some repairs, police said. 

Police say at some point an altercation ensued between the repairman and a resident of the home, 41-year-old Frank Pineda in the garage. 

During the fight, police say Pineda was shot by the repairman. 

Two of Pineda's sons were home at the time but say they didn’t hear any arguing.

Pineda was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He leaves behind four sons, three daughters, and a wife. 

"We are still early in the investigation and an official cause of death has yet to be established by the medical examiner’s office, however, Surprise Police are investigating this incident as a homicide," officials said in a news release. 

“He had some issues in the past that he was getting over… he had just started to come around, he was going to school, he was enrolled in college, he was taking classes, he was doing all the things he needed to do,” said Fernando Pineda Jr, Frank's oldest brother. “If they’re irate and they’re mad and whatever for whatever reason — you collect your things and you leave — you don’t shoot somebody — you don’t do that.”

The repairman, who has not been identified at this time, is reportedly cooperating with investigators.