Man jailed in Phoenix facing murder charges in Tucson

A man in Phoenix police custody was charged with murder on Thursday in connection with a shooting death in Tucson.

Joseph Pedro Rodriguez, 31, was charged with first-degree murder in the homicide of Joseph Armando Montano, 49, according to Tucson police.

Montano on Tuesday was found shot dead at a home near South Fourth Avenue and East Aragon Road after firefighters just before 2 pm responded to an unresponsive person at the site, Tucson police said. Montano did not reside at the home, police said at the time.

Detectives with Tucson police on Wednesday zeroed in on Rodriguez as a suspect, police said.

As of Thursday, police said, Rodriguez was being held at a Maricopa County jail after Phoenix police arrested him Tuesday following a brief confrontation near North Black Canyon Highway and West Northern Avenue.

It was not immediately clear if the Tuesday arrest was related to the murder charge.

Jail records show Rodriguez is facing multiple charges in Maricopa County, including two counts of drug offenses, two counts of weapons and explosives and one count of criminal trespass and burglary.

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