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Homicide near Benson Highway leaves one man dead

One man found dead, according to TPD
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Posted at 6:11 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-04 16:35:26-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — This article was updated on 6/4/2022

Detectives have identified the victim as 44-year-old Jesse Van Hernandez and 32-year-old Damien Esquire Hall as the suspect.

According to detectives, they located Hall at a motel near the 300 block of East Benson Highway, Hall was then taken into custody.

Detectives charged Damien Hall with 2nd Degree Murder and he was booked into Pima County Jail with a $1,002,000 bond.

6/1/2022

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) has confirmed the homicide happened at 755 East Benson Highway.

A man was found outside of a motel room with gunshot trauma. Officers said they attempted to render aid but the man died at the scene.

Currently, TPD is not releasing his identity until next of kin is notified.

Police said they used TPD Air Unit and K9 units to search for the suspect but they were not located.

Detectives said the evidence recovered at the scene indicates the victim was involved in a dispute with an individual before being shot.

After the shooting detectives say a male in his 30s was seen running south from the motel.

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME

05/31/2022

Tucson Police are investigating a homicide at a hotel on East Benson Highway.

According to TPD, one adult man was found dead. Police have said there is no one currently in custody.

Police tell us they surrounded and investigated a semi-trailer in front of the hotel but didn't make any arrests or detain anyone.

TPD said they're still looking for the person responsible. They ask anyone with information to call 911 or 88-crime.

Police clarified that their search included other motels in the area and that a large police presence at a separate motel was likely related to this homicide.

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