TPD asks for public's help in homicide, home invasion investigation

TPD asks for public's help in homicide, home invasion investigation

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson police are investigating a home invasion and shooting that took place on Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the 1000 block of West Prince Road.

According to a recent TPD release the shooting has turned into a homicide, after the victim, identified as 56-year-old William "Bill" Bell died from his injuries on Sept. 13.

The original incident happened just before 1 p.m. Aug. 9, when TPD officers from Operations Division West responded to a report of a shooting on West Prince Road, according to the release.  Officers arrived on scene to find Bell with gunshot wounds. At that time he was transported to Banner University Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives with TPD's Home Invasion Unit continued the investigation, they were able to determine that Bell had been inside his home with two other adults and two children.  According to officials just before 1 p.m. an unknown suspect entered the home, armed with a gun and demanded money.  Bell then walked to a bedroom where he was shot several times by the suspect, said officials.  No one else in the home was injured.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years of age, 5'9" tall, weighing 135 pounds with a dark complexion and dark hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, jeans and black boots, getting into the passenger side of dark truck or SUV and leaving the area in an unknown direction.

TPD believes the home invasion and subsequent shooting was not a random act of violence, after detectives say they observed signs of drug sales inside the home, they think the suspect specifically targeted the home.

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There are no suspects in custody at this time, according to TPD.

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

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