Police investigating 'suspicious death' at Mesa home

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Police investigating 'suspicious death' at Mesa home By Catherine Holland Police investigating 'suspicious death' at Mesa home By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. -- Police in Mesa are trying to determine what led up to the death of a man early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to a home in the area of Guadalupe Road and the Loop 202 Santan Freeway shortly after 4:30 a.m.

The initial call was regarding a suicide, but when officers arrived on the scene, the information they were given and the injuries to the victim were not consistent with that, prompting investigators to classify the death as suspicious.

According to Sgt. Tony Landato, a male called police to report his roommate's suicide.

"Officers were here within just a few minutes and they found the victim …," he said.

An adult man and two adult women were in the home when officers arrived.

"In listening to the stories, observing the injuries on the victim, officers just felt this was suspicious circumstances. We are investigating it as a suspicious death."

Landato did not provide any specifics as to what led officers to their conclusion.

Detectives are talking to the three people who were in the home to try and determine what they know about what happened to the victim.

Landato said investigators also have requested a search warrant that would allow them inside the house to try and piece together the events leading up to the man's death.

Landato said the victim is a 27-year-old white male, but declined to say anything more.

"We believe we have him identified, however, we can't release that until we have next of kin notified," he explained.

Investigators expected to be on the scene for several hours.