Man faces murder charge after shooting at party in Surprise

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Manuel Acosta By Jennifer Thomas Manuel Acosta By Jennifer Thomas
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- An El Mirage man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at a party Sunday in Surprise.

According to a partygoer, a fight broke out with a man who wasn't invited and the police were called.

While police were on their way, shots were fired and a father and son from Surprise were shot.

The witness said the father got between the shooter and his son while they were arguing to try to protect him.

Surprise police officers arrived to the home near Greenway and 143rd Avenue as the shooter, identified as Manuel Acosta, was leaving and confronted him.

Police said they ordered Acosta, 21, to put his gun down. The suspect reportedly raised the gun at them and the officers opened fire.

When the officers missed, Acosta put the gun down and surrendered. He was taken to the Surprise Police Department Headquarters. Acosta has been charged with second-degree murder, several counts of aggravated assault and misconduct involving weapons.

The 20-year-old died as a result of complications from a gunshot wound to the head. His 43-year-old father was released from the hospital after being treated for a single gunshot wound to the arm and leg.