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Arrest made in connection with shooting at Sunnyslope fast food drive-thru, police say

Luis Fernando Parra Cruz, 39, is accused of shooting a restaurant customer while the two men were waiting in the drive-thru lane.

PHOENIX — One man is dead after a shooting at a fast food restaurant in Sunnyslope early Sunday morning. Police announced on Tuesday morning that a suspect had been arrested.

Luis Fernando Parra Cruz, 39, was arrested on Monday and is being charged with murder, Phoenix police said.

Police said the shooting happened after a fight between two people in the drive-thru line of the restaurant, located in the area of 2nd Street and Dunlap Avenue.

Both the Parra Cruz and the victim were restaurant customers, according to police.

During the fight, Parra Cruz pulled out a gun and shot the victim. He then fled the scene. 

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Phoenix fire provided treatment to the victim, but he died of his injuries, officials said. The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Benigno Rivera Figueroa.

A witness told police that Figueroa had gotten out of his car and approached the suspect's car because they were "taking too long" in the drive-thru, court records show.

A brief exchange occurred between the two men before Cruz allegedly shot Figueroa at close range. Cruz then allegedly asked a restaurant employee if the drive-thru had security cameras before driving away, records show.

Cruz later told police he had allegedly acted in self-defense.

Anyone with information should contact Phoenix police or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO (Spanish).

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