Mesa Police officers arrest suspect in shooting that killed man at Mesa gas station

Mesa Police officials say they have made an arrest in connection with a shooting that killed a 30-year-old man in Mesa.

The shooting happened on April 27, and the victim was identified as Jose Gutierrez.

Gutierrez, according to police at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shooting happened at gas station

According to police, officers responded to reports of a shooting at a Circle K near Gilbert and McKellips Roads at around 3:30 a.m. on April 27. Once at the scene, officers found Gutierrez, who had been shot while in the driver's seat of a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

"Preliminary investigation revealed that Gutierrez and the suspect were involved in some type of altercation inside the truck, resulting in the shooting," police said in a news release. "The suspect then fled the scene before police arrival."

Suspect previously identified as a person of interest

The suspect, identified by police as 20-year-old Adam Gomez, was previously described by police as a ‘person of interest.'

"As the investigation continued, it was learned that Gutierrez, Gomez, and a female all arrived at the gas station in the truck," read a portion of a statement released by Mesa Police on the night of May 13. "As the female stepped out of the vehicle, Gutierrez and Gomez got into an altercation inside the truck resulting in the shooting. Gomez exited the truck where he walked over to another vehicle in the parking lot, pointed a gun at the owner, and stole his vehicle. Gomez left the scene in the stolen car."

Investigators say Gomez was taken into custody without incident in an area west of Main Street and Country Club Drive.

Gomez, according to court documents released by Mesa Police, has a criminal history that includes previous convictions for assault, aggravated assault on corrections officers, criminal trespassing, and false reporting. 

If you have any information, you're asked to call police at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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