Phoenix man sentenced in deadly nightclub shooting - Tucson News Now

UPDATE

Phoenix man sentenced in deadly nightclub shooting

© CBS 5 News © CBS 5 News
Jose Chacon (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Jose Chacon (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a shooting outside a northwest Phoenix nightclub that left another suspect dead.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Jose Luis Chacon, 20, was sentenced Wednesday for second-degree murder.

Police said the shooting on March 30, 2013, involved an off-duty police officer outside a northwest Phoenix night club and left the suspects' getaway driver, 24-year-old Tomas G. Ramirez Gonzalez dead. Suspect Adrian De La Cruz was wounded. No one else was hurt.

Two Phoenix police officers were working off-duty as security at Hurricane Bay in the area of 4100 W. Bell Rd. One of the officers left at about 2 a.m. after the business closed. The second officer, Gary Schonfelder, stayed to provide security for the remaining two employees.

Shortly after 4 a.m., the manager and an employee left the club with Schonfelder, who is a 20-year veteran with the department. The officer had removed his uniform shirt and was wearing a black T-shirt, uniform pants and boots, according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

They saw two suspects in the bed of the officer's pickup truck trying to remove a small refrigerator that Schonfelder had purchased from the bar manager, Thompson said. The truck was parked near the front door. The two suspects fled to a SUV, which was parked a short distance from the pickup truck, and climbed in, Thompson said.

Schonfelder and the two employees of the night club ran toward the vehicle, where they saw two suspects on the passenger side and the driver pointing guns at them, Thompson said. 

Schonfelder, who was armed with his service handgun, gave several commands for them to drop their weapons and identified himself as a police officer, Thompson said. 

The car started to back up and the suspects continued to point their weapons at Schonfelder and night club employees. As a result of the imminent deadly threat to himself and the other two men, Schonfelder fired multiple rounds at the suspects, Thompson said.

Hearing the gunfire, bar employee Fidencio Martinez, who also had a handgun, fired at the suspects, Thompson said. The manager, who was unarmed, called 911.

Gonzalez placed the vehicle in park, got out and collapsed a short distance from the vehicle. Schonfelder ordered the other two suspects in the vehicle to get out and get on the ground where they were taken into custody, Thompson said.

During a police interview, Chacon said Gonzalez had asked him and his brother, De La Cruz, to go with him to the bar to confront a person who owed him money. They had planned to drive the person to an ATM to get the cash, Chacon told police.

While waiting for the person to emerge from the bar, Chacon said they noticed Schonfelder and Martinez loading the refrigerator in the truck. Chacon said Gonzalez then decided to steal the refrigerator, which ultimately led to the shooting. 

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • KOLD Now FeaturingMore>>

  • SIDEBAR: Officer-Involved shootings

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 1:09 PM EST2015-01-27 18:09:43 GMT
    Tuesday, March 24 2015 2:13 PM EDT2015-03-24 18:13:51 GMT
    Complete coverage of officer-involved shootings in and around the Valley of the Sun.
    Complete coverage of officer-involved shootings in and around the Valley of the Sun.
  • Local newsMore>>

  • Mexican shoppers boost Tuscon economy as holiday season begins

    Mexican shoppers boost Tuscon economy as holiday season begins

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:31 AM EST2017-11-21 15:31:18 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    A good sign that holiday shopping has begun is the sight of more Mexican license plates at local shopping centers across the Tucson metro. Shoppers are crossing the border and gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. According to VisitTucson about 100,000 people from Mexico in the month of December. The families choose the Old Pueblo for a variety of reason, like better selection and cheap prices on items like electronics. As they fill up th...

    A good sign that holiday shopping has begun is the sight of more Mexican license plates at local shopping centers across the Tucson metro. Shoppers are crossing the border and gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. According to VisitTucson about 100,000 people from Mexico in the month of December. The

  • Salvation Army needs hundreds of turkeys for Thanksgiving meal

    Salvation Army needs hundreds of turkeys for Thanksgiving meal

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:00 AM EST2017-11-21 15:00:23 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Salvation Army is hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner, but they may be missing a staple. They are in desperate need of turkeys.  Right now, they only have 40 turkeys to feed 2,000 people.  That isn’t enough because last year they served 1,600 people with 300 turkeys. And on Thursday more people are expecting to attend the meal. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Hospitality House located at  1002 N. Main Ave...

    The Salvation Army is hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner, but they may be missing a staple. They are in desperate need of turkeys. Right now, they only have 40 turkeys to feed 2,000 people. That isn’t enough because last year they served 1,600 people with 300

  • AAA Arizona offers Tipsy Tow for Thanksgiving

    AAA Arizona offers Tipsy Tow for Thanksgiving

    Tuesday, December 23 2014 1:25 PM EST2014-12-23 18:25:08 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:09 AM EST2017-11-21 05:09:07 GMT
    (Source: AAA Arizona)(Source: AAA Arizona)

    AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" services for Thanksgiving. Here's how it works. 

    AAA Arizona is offering its "Tipsy Tow" services for Thanksgiving. Here's how it works. 

Powered by Frankly