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11/02/2012

4 arrested in connection with Tucson shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. — Law enforcement authorities arrested four individuals Thursday in connection with a May 2011 shooting that resulted in the death of a South Tucson man.

The arrests are the result of a joint investigation by Tucson Police Department's Gang Investigations Unit, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Arrested were Julian Zepeda, 25, Kristin Olea, 23, Michael Ortega, 26, and Moises Fierros, 20, of Tucson. The four were each charged with one count of first degree murder for their involvement in the shooting incident that ultimately resulted in the death of 22-year-old Javier Bejarano.

According to Tucson police, on the night of May 12, 2011, operators received several 911 calls reporting shots fired at an apartment complex located on South Park Avenue. Officers responding to the scene discovered Bejarano in the parking lot, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local trauma center, where he later died from his injuries.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. The case is being prosecuted by the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Tucson.