Neighbor Dispute Turns Deadly

August 13, 2009

On Thursday, August 13, 2009 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Mesa Police officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of 2900 S. El Paradiso in Mesa. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 51-year-old Benny O'Neal, with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

At this time the investigation has revealed that the victim and the suspect are next door neighbors. They have been involved in an ongoing dispute reference noise disturbance. This morning the victim exited his home to confront the suspect about another noise disturbance issue. The victim and suspect were engaged in a brief verbal exchange, when the suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim.

Rodney Hoyt (52) was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Mesa Police Department Holding Facility. Hoyt was booked on one count of Second Degree Murder.



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