Tucson police officers gather near a basketball court of a midtown church where a man was shot and killed Monday night.

A man was shot and killed by the father of a teen he’d fought with during a game at a Tucson church basketball court Monday night, police say.

Vashaun Baker, 29, and an unnamed 18-year-old got into a fight during a basketball game on a court at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road.

The teen left and told his father, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson police spokesman.

The father, Paul John Alvarez, 38, drove to the basketball court about 8:30 p.m. and asked players who had fought his son. When Baker said he had done so, police say, Alvarez shot him multiple times then drove off.

Baker died a short time later at the hospital.

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Alvarez surrendered to police on Tuesday. He was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.

Police say he also faces two counts of endangerment because one of the bullets hit the hood of a car where a woman and her child were sitting.

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster line.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1


Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.