A Nogales, Sonora man who was beaten and robbed at his doorstep by two armed men got up and chased down his assailants, shooting and killing one man who had a criminal record in Santa Cruz County.
The incident began at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, when Jaime Somoza Jaimes, 36, was surprised by the pistol-carrying men as he returned home in the Residencial Greco neighborhood, the Sonora State Investigative Police (PEI) said in a news release.
The muggers reportedly threatened Somoza with their guns and hit him in the head, knocking him to the ground. They continued hitting him until his son arrived and fought with one of assailants. At that point, the PEI said, the men ran off with Somoza's wallet and an unspecified amount of money, firing three shots as they fled.
Somoza got up, found a .25-caliber firearm and got into his SUV to chase down the perpetrators. When he caught up with them, he reportedly shot 36-year-old Eduardo Rodolfo Crispin Sesma of Nogales, Sonora once in the thorax as he was pulling out a .45-caliber pistol. His accomplice escaped.
At that point, Somoza's son and brother arrived and attacked the wounded man until police arrived. Investigators later retrieved a pistol from the now-dead Crispin.
Investigators also recovered three spent 45-caliber shell casings at Somoza's house.
The PEI said Somoza, his son and brother were questioned but not immediately charged.
Court and prison records show that Crispin was convicted of marijuana possession and burglary in Santa Cruz County Superior Court in April 2000, and was later released by the Arizona Department of Corrections in July 2002.