PD: Buckeye homicide suspect faces $2M cash bond after victim dies from injuries a week later
BUCKEYE, Ariz. - Police arrested a suspect in connection to a shooting in a Buckeye neighborhood that left a person with critical injuries who eventually died a week later.
According to Buckeye Police, officers responded to reports of a shooting just before 7 p.m. on March 22 at a home near Yuma Road and Jackrabbit Trail. Once on scene, officers found a person who had been shot.
The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition. On April 3, police say the victim, 23-year-old Brian Herman Ceccon Gonzi, passed away the night of April 1.
Investigators say the suspected gunman, 33-year-old Jose Esteban Mendoza, fled the scene in a 2015 black Dodge Charger SXT with a Phoenix Suns license plate PX3432.
Mendoza was taken into custody in Tucson on March 26 with help from the U.S. Marshals Service.
"Investigators learned Mendoza had been in a vehicle with his girlfriend and the victim when Mendoza began arguing with his girlfriend," police said in a statement. "That's when the victim intervened. Mendoza and the victim began physically fighting. When the group arrived at the home, Mendoza went inside, retrieved a gun and shot the victim, critically wounding him. Mendoza drove away from the scene before police arrived."
Mendoza has a $2,000,000 cash bond set for a first-degree homicide charge.
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