Retired Police Officer Killed Outside Gila River Casino

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 25, 2015 Updated: December 25, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz.  — A Christmas Eve shooting outside a Gila River casino has left one man dead and the suspect remains at large.

Police say the shooting happened outside Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on the Gila River Indian Community on Thursday shortly before 9 p.m.

Det. Robert Hawkes says 25-year-old Frank Rojas is suspected of shooting 52-year-old Frank Pascua three times.

Authorities believe they did not know each other and Pascua was confronting Rojas, who was attempting to steal a car.

Rojas then allegedly carjacked the vehicle of another man who was driving by. That man was unharmed.

Pascua, a retired police officer from Bakersfield, California, was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Multiple police agencies are searching for Rojas, who is considered armed and dangerous.