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Flagstaff Teen Arrested On Second Degree Homicide After Another Flagstaff Teen Was Fatally Shot Sunday Night

A Flagstaff teenager was fatally shot Sunday night. As officers arrived in the 27-hundred block of East Industrial Drive at around 8:11 p.m., they found 18-year-old Joseph Ezekiel Avila with a gunshot wound. Officers began life-saving measures on Avila until medical personnel arrived. However, Avila was pronounced dead at the scene. Through the investigation, they identified 18-year-old Omar Tafoya Hernandez as the suspect. He was taken into custody and booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility for second-degree homicide. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information into the shooting, contact Flagstaff Police at (928) 556-2201 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.

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