For third time in less than month, Tucson apartment complex at center of violence

Jerome Encinas
Jerome Encinas(Tucson Police Department)
Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 7:01 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 15, 2022 at 2:17 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - For the third time in less than a month, Tucson police responded to an apartment complex on the city’s southwest side for a major incident.

On Friday, July 15, Jerome Encinas was arrested at Westlake Village Apartments, 1502 West Ajo Way, after an hours-long standoff. The 36-year-old Encinas will face charges of attempted murder, prohibited possessor and an outstanding felony warrant, police said.

The Tucson Police Department said before the standoff, Encinas was involved in an aggravated assault call in the 1700 block of Rue de la Montagne. During that call, officers found a man who was shot. The injuries are life-threatening.

The TPD then located Encinas barricaded in a room at Westlake Village Apartments. During the barricade situation residences in the area were evacuated.

Encinas had previously been convicted of one count of attempted aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault, each stemming from three separate incidents since 2006.

At least two people were killed at the apartment complex since the end of June.

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