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Mesa PD: Shooting suspect charged with murder

Alvin Johnson Jr. (Mesa Police Department)

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, Mesa police responded to 24 E. 14th St., Unit 2, for a shooting call. Upon arrival, officers made contact with an adult male later identified as Alvin Johnson Jr., 54, who had his hands up and was repeatedly saying “I did it, arrest me.”

Mesa police said a deceased adult female was located inside the residence. She has been identified as 53-year-old Michelle Lynne Johnson, Alvin’s wife. Other adult family members were present during the incident and witnesses said Johnson was heard saying “I killed her” and “Im going to prison, call the cops.”

Johnson provided contradictory statements to officers on scene, saying he did not mean to kill her, said Detective Nik Rasheta, a spokesperson for the Mesa Police Department.

“He also stated he had been drinking at the football game and when he returned home and was getting into bed, the gun went off striking her,” Rasheta said. “Some of his statements indicated she was awake at the time and others that she was sleeping when the incident occurred. He said that drinking may have impaired his memory of what happened and acknowledged he was recklessly handling the gun.”

Johnson was charged with one count of second degree murder.

Update on Sept. 22 officer involved shooting

Scott Farnsworth, 28, was the suspect killed Sept. 22 after waving a gun and Mesa police officers Robert Ravago, Shawn Kurian and Katrina Teer responded.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, Mesa police said they responded to a report of a male subject waving a gun and acting erratic in the area of 10200 E. Coralbell. While officers were responding to the area a second witness observed the same male, now identified as Farnsworth, walking south on Crismon Road past Skyline High School toward a QT gas station.

“A witness observed officers giving verbal commands to drop the weapon and observed the suspect raise a handgun toward the officers when the shooting occurred,” said Detective Nik Rasheta, a spokesperson for the Mesa Police Department. “Three officers were on scene at the time of the shooting and the suspect was struck. Once the scene was secured Mesa Fire and Medical provided life-saving efforts, however, the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.”

All three officers involved were wearing body cameras.

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