Sierra Vista shooting victim IDs gunman before dying

2014-06-18T13:21:00Z 2014-06-19T09:21:36Z Sierra Vista shooting victim IDs gunman before dyingKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 18, 2014 1:21 pm  • 

Before dying, a Sierra Vista homicide victim was able to identify the man who shot him, police officials say.

Jimmy Blessing, 47, of Sierra Vista, was shot at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and died at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Before he was transported to the hospital, he told officers that 25-year-old James Jenkins shot him, according to a Sierra Vista Police Department news release.

A witness at the home where the shooting occurred, in the 300 block of North Fourth Street near East Theater Drive, corroborated Blessing’s statement, the news release said.

“The witness said that he and Blessing were watching television when they heard a knock at the door,” according to the news release. “Blessing opened the door and, as he was quickly closing it, a shot was fired.”

At about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, officers found Jenkins in an alley near North Sixth Street and East Fry Boulevard, and took him into custody.

Jenkins was booked into the Cochise County jail. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bond.

“During the police investigation, three of Jenkins’ known associates were interviewed, all of whom stated that they saw Jenkins with a gun that day consistent with the one used in the shooting,” the news release said.

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