Jesse King, 21, and two other men were arrested after a failed robbery attempt led to the shooting death of a teenager in midtown on August 28, Tucson police reported.
Johnathon Schmedding, 15, was shot and killed as he and three others — his brother Julian Schmedding, 19, King and Roy Lee Brown, 25 — tried to hold up a group of four people walking in a residential neighborhood near East 28th Street and South Van Buren Avenue at around 2 a.m., according to a Tucson Police Department news release.
Johnathon Schmedding, King and Brown rushed toward the group during the robbery attempt. Brown pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds, the release said.
Johnathon Schmedding was struck and killed by one of the shots, while the group being robbed managed to escape. No one else was injured.
Officers patrolling the area heard the gunshots. Upon responding, they found Johnathon Schmedding lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Julian Schmedding, Brown and King fled, but were detained by police on their way back to the scene. Detectives with TPD’s homicide unit determined that Julian Schmedding and King tried to dispose of the weapon.
The detectives found the handgun and other evidence, the release said.
All three suspects were booked into the Pima County Jail on suspicion of first degree murder, four counts of attempted armed robbery, four counts of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.