Suspect arrested in Tucson homicide

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bob Richardson By Bob Richardson

TUCSON, Ariz. - Acting on a tip, Douglas police have arrested a man who is wanted in connection with a Tucson homicide.

Police in the Cochise County border community say they took Jaime Antonio Chavez, 18, into custody without incident Tuesday morning.  He's being held today at the Cochise County jail.

Tucson police identified Chavez Monday as the primary suspect in the shooting death of Britnee Wright, 16, near Broadway and Camino Seco Friday evening.  Wright, and another teen, were shot while they sat in a car following an argument in a parking lot near Eastpointe High School.  Police initially said an Hispanic male between 17 and 20 years old tried to stop the car from leaving and shot several times at the vehicle. 

Homicide detectives developed leads in the case over the weekend leading to issuing the arrest warrant for Chavez.  It charges him with one count of 2nd Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of discharging a firearm at a non-residential structure.

Douglas police say tips informed them Chavez was at a home in Douglas. He was taken into custody at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday.

The other person shot, a 17-year old female, suffered non-life threatening injuries.