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Tucson Police find, charge man in November 2018 homicide

Posted at 4:50 PM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-13 00:08:17-05

Tucson Police and the Arizona State Gang Task Force worked together to find a man, accused of shooting and killing 25-year-old Bernando Marin on November, 23, 2018. 

On Friday, TPD received calls around 4p.m. concerning gunfire in a BK Tacos parking lot near Wyoming Street and South 12th Avenue.

When TPD officers arrived on scene, they found a man with gunshot trauma wounds and applied first aid until Tucson Fire arrived. Shortly after TFD reached the victim, the man was pronounced dead on scene.

After interviewing witnesses, TPD was able to track down a vehicle that fled the parking lot shortly before police had arrived. 

When they pulled over the vehicle, they found another male with gunshot trauma wounds and he immediately transported him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Per TPD, witnesses say that the two men who received the gunshot wounds were together in the parking lot and were approached by at least two other men. Shortly after, the two groups engaged in a verbal altercation that led to gunshots being fired. 

On January 11, 2019, detectives were able to find the suspect, 29-year-old Augustino Martinez, who was already in the Pima County Jail. He was being held on unrelated charges. Detectives then charged Martinez with one count of First Degree Murder, one count of Aggravated Assault w/a Deadly Weapon and one count of Aggravated Assault w/Serious Physical Injury.

Tucson Police says even though Gang Detectives were investigating this incident, the shooting does not appear to be gang-related.