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Police looking for third suspect in 2006 Chandler shooting

Jul 11, 2022, 1:00 PM
Suspect Juan Acosta (Silent Witness Photo)...
Suspect Juan Acosta (Silent Witness Photo)
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This article originally appeared Nov. 6, 2017.

A fugitive has been on the run since 2006 and this could be the year he’s found.

Chandler Police Department Detective Seth Tyler said on Aug. 23, officers were called to reports of a shooting at a home in a quiet neighborhood near Price and Ray roads. Inside, they found the body of 20-year-old Bradley Eaton.

“Through the course of the investigation we identified three suspects,” Tyler said. “Two of those suspects were apprehended.”

The third is the brother of one of the men caught. His name is Juan Acosta and it’s believed he’s been living in Mexico for the past several years.

“We’re not sure if [Acosta] has been crossing back and forth across the border, however, he has family here in the valley and he has ties to Chandler,” Tyler said.

This has turned into an international investigation with help from the U.S. Marshals Service and an extradition agreement with Mexico.

Acosta is considered armed and dangerous.

Read more about this case here.

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Police looking for third suspect in 2006 Chandler shooting