Victim Identified, Suspect Arrested In Downtown Tucson Homicide

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Tucson Police have identified the victim of a homicide that occurred last night at Iron Horse Park next to the Rattlesnake Bridge at the entrance of downtown, as 53-year-old Nicholas Encalade.

One of the twos suspects in suffering from a gun shot wound and  is still receiving care at a local area hospital.

On October 12, 2017, just after 7:30 p.m., Tucson Police officers along with members of the Tucson Fire Department, responded to reports of shots heard near 75 N. 1st Ave. Officers located an adult male in the park with obvious signs of gunshot trauma. Paramedics immediately rendered aid and transported the male to Banner University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The male later succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Approximately fifteen minutes after the original call, the Tucson Police Department received a 911 call reporting an unknown trouble in the area of N. 4th Ave. and E. 9th St. Officers responded to that area and located an adult male with obvious gunshot trauma. Members from the Tucson Fire Department responded and the male was transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries. At this time, it is unknown if the two incidents are related.

Detectives have determined the shooting at Iron Horse Park and the unknown trouble call where a male with gunshot trauma was located at N. 4th Ave. and E. 9th St. are related. Detectives have been able to determine the male located at N. 4th Ave. and E. 9th St. was one of the outstanding suspects.

The other suspect remains outstanding. He was described as a Hispanic male, late teens, approximately 5’8” with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat and red bandana.

Mr. Encalade and an adult female had been visiting Iron Horse Park when they were approached by two unknown Hispanic males who demanded property from them. The male and female gave the men property but at one point, one of the Hispanic males produced a gun and shot the male victim. The female victim was not injured.

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