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Late Night Shooting at Gym Bar and Grill in San Tan Valley Leaves One Dead; Suspect in Custody


A tragic incident unfolded just before midnight on October 7 when the Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) responded to calls regarding shots fired at the Gym Bar and Grill located on Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley.

According to the PCSO, while deputies were en route to the reported shooting location, they were flagged down by witnesses near the intersection of E. Copper Mine Rd. and N. Epidote Dr. These witnesses promptly directed the deputies towards the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Travis Armstrong, who was found walking in proximity to the incident scene.

Armstrong was swiftly taken into custody without incident, and deputies secured the firearm believed to be used in the shooting. He has since been booked into the Pinal County Jail, facing charges of second-degree murder.

Simultaneously, additional PCSO deputies were dispatched to the Gym Bar and Grill, where they found the victim, 35-year-old Rogelio Ochoa. Upon their arrival, deputies immediately initiated life-saving measures on Ochoa, maintaining their efforts until medical personnel arrived at the scene. Despite the attempts to preserve his life, Ochoa was ultimately pronounced deceased after being transported to a local hospital.

Details surrounding the events leading to the shooting are still emerging, as PCSO detectives actively continue their investigation into the incident. The motives behind the tragic shooting remain unclear, and further information will be released as the inquiry progresses.

The late-night shooting has sent shockwaves through the San Tan Valley community, with residents mourning the loss of life and expressing concern over the violent incident. In the wake of this tragedy, the local community has been reminded of the importance of staying vigilant and maintaining open communication with law enforcement to prevent and respond to criminal activity effectively.

As the investigation unfolds, law enforcement officials urge anyone with information related to the shooting to come forward and assist in piecing together the events that led to the loss of Rogelio Ochoa's life. Community cooperation is vital in ensuring that justice is served while helping to maintain the safety and security of San Tan Valley residents.

The PCSO has not released further details about the incident at this time, as the investigation is ongoing. 

In response to the shooting, local businesses and community leaders may likely engage in discussions about improving security measures and fostering a safer environment for residents and visitors alike. It is a sobering reminder for all to remain vigilant and proactive in safeguarding the community against future incidents of this nature.

If you have any information related to the incident, please contact the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Your cooperation is crucial in helping law enforcement officials conclude their investigation and provide closure for the victim's family and the broader San Tan Valley community.

AGoFundMe account has been started for the family of Rogelio Ocohoa by his fiance, Liz Maya.

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