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Joel Castaneda Armed Burglary Suspect Shot and Killed by Mesa Police

Police report that Joel Castaneda ambushed officers.

Armed burglary suspect Joel Castaneda shot, killed in Mesa, Arizona.

FOX 10 Phoenix

Police say an armed suspect, Joel Castaneda who allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house is dead following an officer-involved shooting late Sunday night in a Mesa neighborhood.

The shooting happened just after 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 near Horne and Broadway Roads.

Mesa Police say the incident began when officers responded to a burglary at a home in the area. A woman called 911 to report that her ex-boyfriend, 42-year-old Joel Castaneda, broke into her home.

The woman told police that Joel Castaneda left her home and may have gone to a friend’s house nearby. Officers went to the friend’s house, who said they knew Castaneda but weren’t sure if he was inside.

“The homeowner led officers to a room where Castaneda sometimes stays, and Joel Castaneda immediately displayed a handgun and began firing at officers,” police said.

One officer returned fire at Casteneda, who was later found dead inside.

No officers were hurt.

Source: Mesa Police Department

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