The accomplice of a suspected vehicle thief was shot and killed during a confrontation with an armed vehicle owner Monday night, the Tucson Police Department said.
Christiaan Miguel Silva, 27, died near the scene of the Oct. 26 incident that began around 10:20 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Calle Joya de Ventura.
The suspect, 35-year-old David Anthony Santos-Esqueda, is facing charges of attempted vehicle theft, attempted third-degree burglary and first-degree murder.
Police said Santos-Esqueda was captured on a home security camera trying to break into a vehicle parked outside a dwelling while Silva waited a few yards away behind the wheel of a white Jeep, police said.
One of the home's occupants came outside with a gun to confront Santos-Esqueda and fired shots that struck Silva, who fled with the suspect in the Jeep but died less than a mile away, police said.
The investigation continues and additional charges may be filed, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact 88-CRIME, which accepts anonymous tips.
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