Breaking: Arrest made in shooting at Flagstaff Rec Center

March 8th, 2017 at 5:23 PM

On 3-3-17 at approximately 5:00 PM, Officers with the Flagstaff Police Department responded to the 2400 Block of North Izabel Street, Hal Jensen Recreation Center, for reports of gunfire. Upon arrival Officers found one victim who was later pronounced deceased on scene. He was identified as Jacob M. Allen, 20 years of age, of Flagstaff, AZ. Since that time staff at the Flagstaff Police Department have been diligently investigating this tragic incident.

Investigators have learned that this crime was not a random act and the community is not at risk. We have also identified that this was not a drive-by shooting as originally indicated. This shooting occurred at the Hal Jensen Recreation Center in the men’s restroom.

Detectives have been working closely with the Coconino County Attorney’s Office. Last night police arrested Fernando Enriquez, 15 years of age, of Flagstaff, AZ as he was being released from the Flagstaff Medical Center. Enriquez is the juvenile who was shot during this incident. Enriquez was arrested for Homicide and is being charged as an adult. He was booked into Coconino County Jail.

We have also been receiving questions in reference to how many guns were involved in this crime. We know that two firearms were involved but only one was found at the scene. Investigators are searching diligently for the second firearm but have not located it. We encourage any citizen to contact the Flagstaff Police Department if you have information on the location of this gun.

These types of investigations are arduous and often continue for extended periods of time. We would like to thank our community for their patience and we will release additional information as it becomes available.

The Flagstaff Police Department has also received some questions in relation to the initial reports of the incident location. On Friday March 3, 2017 the Flagstaff Police Department received a 911 call advising our dispatch center that a male subject had been shot. The call came through the 911 system on a landline with the address of 211 W. Aspen, City Hall. This address showed up on the computer screen in dispatch. This caused some confusion with the dispatcher initially.

Three minutes into the call and after obtaining more information it was discovered that the actual incident was at 2703 N. Izabel, The Hal Jensen Recreation Center. This location is a City owned facility and may in part explain why the 911 system showed an address of 211 W. Aspen.

The original call was received at 5:00 PM and the first officer arrived at the Rec-Center at 5:05 PM. This response time exceeds the national average of 5 minutes and 52 seconds for a priority call.

The Flagstaff Police Department is actively working with the Information Technology (IT) staff at City Hall to examine the phone system to understand why the there is a discrepancy between the 911 address that our dispatchers see on the computer and the physical address where the call is actually being made from.  As always, we are also critiquing our response and handling of the call to ensure confusion is mitigated in the future as well as verifying this kind of technological issue does not impact other addresses within our computer system.

We would also like to thank the committed staff at the Hal Jensen Recreation Center for their professionalism and ongoing commitment to our community. Staff members provided life-saving attempts prior to the arrival of first responders. Staff at the Flagstaff Police Department recently conducted active shooter training with employees at the Hal Jensen Recreation Center. As we evaluate this incident it is obvious that Recreation Center staff responded to this crisis appropriately and professionally.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Please contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928)774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928)774-6111 if you have any information in reference to this case.

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