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Police: Arrest made in January shooting

The shooting was reported Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, near 37th and Missouri avenues.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department has arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting near 37th and Missouri avenues that happened late January. The status of the second suspect is unknown.

Police were called to the area around 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 27 and found 33-year-old Alexis Villegas with multiple gunshot wounds. Villegas was taken to a local hospital, later dying of his injuries.

Homicide detectives learned that Villegas was in a fight with multiple other men, during which he was shot multiple times. Two men were initially wanted in connection with the shooting.

On Mar. 3, police arrested 26-year-old Alexander Medina in connection with the shooting. Medina has since been booked into Maricopa County Jail.

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