A Mesa pet store employee was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after he fatally shot a man behind the business Saturday evening.
Officers responded to a call reporting a possible shooting near 800 S. Alma School Rd around 6 p.m. According to Mesa Police, Pratt’s pets are behind.
The caller told police the attacker was an employee of a pet store, police said. Upon arrival, officers found a 32-year-old man on the south side of the strip mall suffering from a gunshot wound. Police reportedly administered life-saving measures to the victim before transporting him to a hospital where he later died.
According to police reports, officers located the suspect and identified him as 21-year-old Jacob Urias, who was present at Pratt’s pet watch. Officers took Urias into custody and questioned him.
Upon further investigation, detectives learned that Uriah and two other female employees told the victim he was trespassing and advised him to leave the area behind the store. Employees realized the victim was intoxicated and went inside to call police, according to court documents.
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As he was taking out the trash outside, Urias said, the victim got up off the ground and aggressively “powerwalked” toward him as Urias told the victim the police were on their way.
According to court records, Urias said he pulled a handgun from his waistband and told the victim he had a gun. The victim continued to walk toward Urias, and Urias fired his gun three times.
According to court records, two other employees reported three shots fired. Officers found a semi-automatic handgun at the scene.
Urias was charged and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of second-degree murder, according to police reports.