Suspect arrested after deadly shooting under I-17 overpass in Phoenix

Billy Jameson, 36, was arrested Thursday, June 8 and booked on 1st-degree murder charges.
Billy Jameson, 36, was arrested Thursday, June 8 and booked on 1st-degree murder charges.(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 6:54 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Police have made an arrest in a shooting that left a man dead back in May, south of downtown Phoenix. Police arrested 36-year-old Billy Jameson on Thursday for the shooting death of 49-year-old Jose Estrada. The shooting happened on Sunday, May 21.

Jameson reportedly pointed a handgun at a man in the alley near I-17 and 3rd Street. The man went inside his home and said he heard shots fired a short time later, court docs say. Police were soon called to the area around 6 p.m. Police say a witness told officers a man wearing a blue face covering entered the encampment over a cement barrier on the north side after shooting a handgun.

According to court documents, Jameson walked around the encampment, yelled, “Where are you, old man” and fired at the witness’s tent. That’s when Estrada came out of his tent, raised his hands as Jameson allegedly shot him, and left on a bicycle. Estrada died at the scene.

Video surveillance and responding officers reported seeing a man with a blue face covering leaving the area after the shooting. Jameson was not found during the search but was identified by multiple surveillance cameras.

On May 22, officers responded to a domestic violence call on 7th Avenue and Dobbins Road, where court documents say Jameson’s father called the police because he was acting weird and arguing with his wife. The father told police that Jameson was underneath the trailer and seemed to be hiding something, court docs say. According to police, Jameson’s girlfriend reported that her handgun had been stolen and was missing since May 21.

On June 6, the first victim identified Jameson from a photo. He was arrested and taken into custody. According to police, Jameson was shown a surveillance photo of him on a bicycle but denied being involved in the homicide.

Jameson was booked on charges of 1st-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and prohibited possession.

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