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MCSO: 'Person of interest' in Buckeye murder has died

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Jesus Chacon (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Jesus Chacon (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Mark Meginley, 51 Mark Meginley, 51
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BUCKEYE, AZ (CBS5) -

A "person of interest" in connection to a Buckeye murder has died in an officer-involved shooting, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

The body of Mark Meginley, 51, was found under a sleeping bag along Tuthill Road near Elliott and Beloat roads in Buckeye last Wednesday, said MCSO Lt. Brandon Jones.

Police said 26-year-old Jesus Chacon was wanted in a burglary where a weapon was stolen and deputies believe the stolen weapon was used to kill Meginley.

On Wednesday, authorities were attempting to arrest Chacon in Goodyear when he approached the MCSO sheriff's deputies and pulled out a weapon, Jones said. That's when deputies opened fire. Chacon died at the hospital.

Authorities said a child was in Chacon's vehicle but there is no word yet on the relation to Chacon or the child's age.

MCSO said they do not yet know if the stolen weapon was the same one Chacon pulled out during the officer-involved shooting. Detectives are doing ballistics tests to find out.

Maricopa County sheriff's homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in solving Meginley's murder. Investigators are in need of help locating the bike Meginley was riding. It's described as a black 10-speed Shimano bike with a basket in the front and back.

Meginley's parents said he was a "nice, hard-working guy."

Mark Meginley's parents, Pat and Earl Meginley, reached out to CBS 5 News to explain the kind of son Mark Meginley was in hopes their statement would "bring people to the forefront who might know something about this horrible event."

Here is the full email they sent:

"Mark was one who struggled with a bi-polar illness. He has undergone guidance through the CPLC on Indian School Rd for the last 7 years and had been taking medication for his illness, which helped but of course did not alleviate the problem. Since Mark was very young, he has put himself into dangerous places and associated with the wrong circle of "friends."

"He was a good student in high school and got a little better than average grades, though he did very little studying. People who have known him will tell you he was a nice hard working guy. Though he was always thin, he was very strong, as were his will power and stamina. 

"Mark had spent the last five years collecting aluminum on the highways and bi-ways of the Valley, going out nearly every day to do his 'job,' even in temperatures above 115 degrees. People here in the Valley have been very kind to him, stopping and asking if he needs help or water. Many times he himself has been a Good Samaritan out there on the roads, helping anyone who might be in distress.  

"My husband and I are baffled and in disbelief over our son's death. I will never understand how some people in the world have such little regard for human life. Mark's been through some tough times, but always tried to stay focused on living life. How can anyone just shoot a person in the back and throw them along the roadway as if they were nothing. He was a kind man who loved life and had it stripped from his grasp. 

"We hope that his bicycle will be found, as it might help pinpoint a location where he was actually killed and who did this crime that has torn our family to pieces. We expect his body will be released late Monday, and we will have him cremated. My husband and I live month to month on social security, and that is our least expensive option. He was our son, and we loved and supported him unconditionally."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 602-876-1000.

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    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:21:22 GMT
    Jesus Chacon (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)Jesus Chacon (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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