Police: Tucson man accidentally shoots friend during fatal home invasion

Police: Tucson man accidentally shoots friend during fatal home invasion
The Tucson Police Department said Rene Orantez Jr., 30, was fatally shot by Lorenzo Yslava, 19 during a home invasion on Monday, April 12. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) -- A Tucson man fatally shot his friend while the two were robbing a south side home, according to city police.

The Tucson Police Department said the shooting happened at the Mission Tierra Apartments late Monday, April 15.

According to a TPD release, 32-year-old Rene Orantez Jr. and 19-year-old Lorenzo Yslava went to an apartment with guns and forced their way inside after knocking on the door. They held the residents at gunpoint while they removed items from the home.

Yslava fled the scene the fled the scene.

Officers found Orantez Jr. with obvious signs of gunshot trauma, but he was able to give his name to officers before collapsing in front of them, according to TPD.

They rendered aid to Orantez before Tucson Fire arrived on scene, shortly after they arrived he was declared dead at the scene.

According to TPD, Orantez and Yslava had gang affiliations, so the TPD Gang Unit was called to the scene.

On April 18, Yslava was located on the Pasqua Yaqui Reservation and was taken into custody with the help of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force and the Pasqua Yaqui Police Department.

Yslava was booked into jail on his warrant for first-degree murder.

The incident appears to be narcotic related and not a random residential robbery, according to TPD.

Orantez had items belonging to the victims when he was found by police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous.

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