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Updated Jul 3, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Phoenix Police divers recover possible murder weapon

PHOENIX — A Phoenix Police dive team has recovered a weapon from a canal near 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road that may have been used in a murder last year.

Police spokesman James Holmes said the suspect in the murder of Oswaldo Rodriguez, 25, is in custody.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Blas Garcia, 38.

Investigators recently learned the murder weapon may have been tossed in a canal.

“You know it’s going to be a question of is it the right weapon and type. And then it will be a matter of matching it up to the horrible crime,” he said.

Rodriguez was shot and killed trying to stop a robbery attempt at his uncle’s store in north Phoenix.

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