Police arrested a 30-year-old man who shot another man and was stabbed by that man’s son inside a Mesa home on Friday afternoon, according to police officials.
Officers responded to a report of a shooting shortly after 2 p.m. near Main Street and Gilbert Road and found a 21-year-old man who said his father and another man, later identified as Roque Godoy Ayala, were inside the residence, according to police records.
Ayala, a stranger, had approached a 57-year-old man and his 21-year-old son outside their Mesa trailer and asked about his wife, according to Det. Jason Flam, a spokesperson for Mesa police. Neither of the men said he knew Ayala’s wife.
Ayala was told his wife was not there, but he insisted on looking inside the trailer. The two men allowed Ayala to look inside, but they wouldn’t allow him to go into one of the rooms, according to police.
Ayala pulled out a handgun and pointed it at both victims. When he racked the slide, a live round came out, according to police. Ayala made a couple of calls from the son’s phone and told the men to shut the trailer doors.
The son went to shut the doors while the father pushed Ayala into the bathroom and into the tub in attempt to take the handgun, according to police.
Ayala shot the 57-year-old man multiple times in the stomach, while the son grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed and struck Ayala, Flam said. The son called the police.
After being shot, the father continued to fight with Ayala, took the gun and pointed it at Ayala until officers arrived, police said.
Both men were taken to a hospital with potentially serious injuries.
The 57-year-old man was later determined to be in stable condition, according to Flam.
Ayala told police he was looking for his wife but could not say why he believed she was in the particular trailer, according to police. He also told police he didn’t pull out his gun until the two men “rushed” him in the bathroom.
In the trailer, a live round and the knife used to stab Ayala were found in the hallway, and a shell casing was found on the bathroom floor and in the tub drain, according to police.
The handgun was found in the sink, and the magazine was in the bathtub as well as a bracelet with Ayala’s name on it, police said.
Mesa detectives responded to the location and are investigating the incident, according to Flam.
Ayala was arrested and booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $100,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.