Buckeye PD: Man who shot another man during fight with girlfriend found in Tucson

He was taken into custody with help from the U.S. Marshals Service.
He was taken into custody with help from the U.S. Marshals Service.(Buckeye Police Department)
Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 12:16 PM MST
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BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Buckeye police say a man is in custody after he shot another man and fled south to Tucson. The shooting happened Tuesday around 7 p.m. at a home near Jackrabbit Trail and Yuma Road. Police say 33-year-old Jose Esteban Mendoza was found in Tucson on Friday, and with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, he was taken into custody.

During their investigation, officers learned that Mendoza was in a car with his girlfriend and the unidentified victim. Mendoza began arguing with his girlfriend and the victim apparently tried to intervene. Both Mendoza and the victim started physically fighting. When they got to the home, Mendoza went inside, got a gun, and allegedly shot him. Mendoza took off and the victim was taken to the hospital in very serious condition.

Mendoza was located in Tucson and the U.S. Marshals Service took him into custody. Investigators didn’t say how they found him. He has since been booked in Maricopa County Jail on recommended charges including attempted homicide, aggravated assault with a dangerous and deadly weapon, and more.