Police arrest suspect in deadly shooting at smoke shop on Tucson’s south side

Police arrest suspect in deadly shooting at smoke shop on Tucson’s south side
Honorio Juan Nieblas (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Officers with the Tucson Police Department are investigating a deadly shooting that took place early Thursday, April 8, on Tucson’s south side.

According to Tucson police, at about 1:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to a smoke shop at 5342 S. Park Avenue for a report of a shooting.

Once officers were on-scene, they located a man with gunshot trauma. After life-saving efforts by officers, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as 28-year-old Omar Hernandez-Altamirano.

According to police reports, Hernandez had been in a physical confrontation with another man in front of the smoke shop, which escalated to the other man discharging a firearm and striking him.

Police say after the shooting, several individuals left the area including the suspect in a white pickup truck, which was found at a residence in the 2100 block of E. Honeysuckle Street, near Irvington Road and Campbell Avenue.

The suspect was taken into custody by a SWAT team and has been identified as 30-year-old Honorio Juan Nieblas, who has been charged with first-degree murder and prohibited possessor. He is being held at Pima County Jail.

Detectives are looking to speak with additional witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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