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Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of 23-year-old man in Mesa

Jamar Johnson (Mesa Police Department photo)

PHOENIX — An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man in Mesa on March 30, according to authorities.

Mesa police booked 31-year-old Jamar Johnson into jail after he admitted to shooting Ronnie Teran.

Police found Teran with gunshot wounds after responding to reports of shots fired around 7:45 p.m. near Country Club Drive and 10th Avenue. Teran was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Evidence collected led officers to a person of interest at a hotel in Mesa where a traffic stop was attempted on a vehicle with Johnson, the person of interest – which was identified as Johnson’s girlfriend – and another man inside.

The vehicle fled and drove down an alleyway in Tempe, striking a detective’s vehicle at more than 50 mph before all three people were detained.

An officer sustained minor injuries from the collision.

Johnson told officers he had shot Teran and did not stop the car because he was afraid of being caught with the murder weapon, which was located in the alleyway where the vehicle was stopped, according to authorities.

He is facing three charges including second-degree murder, aggravated assault and failing to yield to law enforcement.

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