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Retired officer killed outside Gila River Casino

Posted at 6:35 PM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-25 20:35:10-05

A Christmas Eve shooting outside a Gila River casino has left one man dead and the suspect remains at large.

Police say the shooting happened outside Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on the Gila River Indian Community on Thursday shortly before 9 p.m.

 

Gila River Police Det. Robert Hawkes originally identified 25-year-old Frank Rojas as a suspect in the shooting of 52-year-old Frank Pascua.

Authorities said after numerous tips, police were able to follow up on leads provided and able to clear Rojas as a person of interest in the homicide.

Officers are still looking for a suspect seen in surveillance video from the casino.

Police said Pascua, who retired from the Bakersfield Police Department, was taken to a hospital but passed away overnight.

The Bakersfield Police Department issued the following statement Friday afternoon:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Frank's family as they deal with this senseless tragedy. We hope for a rapid resolve in the search for the suspect and are confident that authorities in Arizona will not give up until the suspect is brought to justice."