Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of man in Mesa motel parking lot

Jun 30, 2021, 4:25 AM
Stevie Jones (Mesa Police Department photo)...
Stevie Jones (Mesa Police Department photo)
(Mesa Police Department photo)

PHOENIX — A 27-year-old man was arrested in Mesa for allegedly fatally shooting another man in a motel parking lot early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Stevie Jones II was booked into jail Monday on felony charges of first-degree murder and misconduct involving weapons in the death of 28-year-old Michael Gonzalez.

Officers responded to a shots fired call just before 6:45 a.m. at a motel located near the intersection of Main Street and Alma School Road.

Gonzalez was found with several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Police said Jones II shot Gonzalez through the glass of the motel room before following him out to the parking lot and firing several more rounds, authorities said.

Jones II returned to the hotel room after the shooting and hid an object in the box springs of the bed before changing clothes and leaving, according to the probable cause statement.

A search of the room by detectives revealed a handgun matching the caliber of the weapon fired and additional ammunition, according to the probable cause statement.

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