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Tucson police identify victim in homicide, suspect arrested

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jun 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-25 20:11:22-04

Tucson Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday night shortly before 8:30 p.m.

According to Sgt. Kimberly Bay with Tucson Police, officers responded to reports of a fight in the 2300 block of S. Saddleback Avenue.

Upon their arrival, officers found a man in a nearby alley with behind a residence with signs of trauma. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as 63-year-old Gary Rachal.

Detectives learned that Rachal was involved in an altercation with another man in the alley. That man has been identified as 38-year-old Thomas Payne who was staying at a nearby residence.

Police say that during the altercation, Rachal was stabbed multiple times by Payne.

Payne fled the area, but officers were able to locate him a short distance away without incident. He was arrested for 2nd-degree murder and booked into Pima County Jail.

Detectives are still investigating and are speaking with several people who were involved in the incident along with other witnesses.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, please call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.