2 men arrested in Chandler homicide investigation

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP/KSAZ) -- Police in Chandler say two men have been apprehended in a homicide case. 

According to police, 18-year-old Joseph Cabellero and 30-year-old Matthew Vacaneri arrived at a residence near Arizona Avenue and Ray Road with two women.

"Joseph and Matthew brought the females to the residence with the intent to sell their services for the evening to 29-year-old German Roman Medina.  During the transaction, an argument broke out over the price German was charged for the females.  The argument then escalated into a physical altercation," stated Detective Seth Tyler.

Tyler adds, "During the fight, Joseph brandished a handgun and allegedly pointed it at German.  Matthew grabbed the gun from Joseph and, after firing one round in the air, allegedly fired at German, striking him in the chest.  After German was shot, Joseph and Matthew fled the scene in a vehicle with the two females."

Medina was found with a gunshot wound at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the police report, Cabellero was observed leaving his home in San Tan Valley at 5:30 p.m. When trying ot make a stop, he struck an unmarked police vehicle and fled the scene. He eventually crashed and was taken into custody.

Vacaneri was apprehended later that evening.

Cabellero and Vacaneri were booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of aggravated assault and first degree murder, respectively.

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