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Officers apprehend suspect connected to double shooting in Maricopa, police say

Witnesses have identified Juan Jose Cazares Jr. as the primary suspect, the Maricopa Police Department said.
Credit: Maricopa Police Department

MARICOPA, Ariz. — After about 12 hours on the run, a man suspected of committing a double homicide in the town of Maricopa was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon.

The Maricopa Police Department took Juan Jose Cazares Jr. into custody after detaining him in Tucson. 

Officers were dispatched to a home Wednesday morning near the intersection of W Prado Street & North Nocera Road after reports of a shooting, the department said. 

Police found the dead bodies of a man and woman in the home, officers said. Police have not released the identity of the victims.

“I was shocked, this neighborhood is so quiet,” said Maren Waks, who lives four houses down from where the shooting happened.

Investigators said that they believe the shooting was a domestic incident and not a random attack. What led to the shooting is still under investigation.

“I’d be unloading my kids, groceries from the car and he would smile and wave at me every single time,” Waks said about Cazares Jr. “He seemed like a nice guy.”

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