Man arrested in connection with Tucson homicide

William Palmer. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
William Palmer. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Tucson police at scene of shooting on 29th Street near Davis-Monthan. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Tucson police at scene of shooting on 29th Street near Davis-Monthan. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A man has been arrested in connection with a Tucson homicide from earlier this year, city police said.

The Tucson Police Department said William Palmer is facing charges of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and misconduct involving weapons.

The TPD said the 34-year-old Palmer was arrested Wednesday, March 14, at a hotel in Tucson.

Palmer has been accused of fatally shooting 37-year-old Christopher Gentry on Jan. 8.

At the time, the TPD said Gentry and two other men were shot following a fight at an apartment complex on the east side.

Now, the TPD said Palmer shot Gentry and another man before getting shot himself.

Palmer was allegedly involved in an incident with two men early in the day on Jan. 8 and went to the complex to find them.

"When Mr. Palmer entered the apartment, he immediately began firing a handgun at all the men inside," the TPD said in a news release.

The TPD said Gentry and another man were shot. After that, another man began fighting Palmer for his gun.

Palmer was struck by gunfire and fled the scene. He was located later that night at an apartment complex just east of the site of the shooting.

The TPD did not say when Palmer became a suspect in the shooting.

Gentry died from his injuries while Palmer and the unnamed man recovered.

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