MESA, AZ- A fatal incident at a CVS pharmacy is currently under scrutiny by local authorities. A suspect has been apprehended in connection with the crime. Law enforcement was summoned to the scene near Brown and Mesa Drive on Thursday evening following a call for “unknown trouble,” which quickly escalated into a crisis situation.
Upon arrival, police discovered the store manager, Micheal Jacobs, 49, suffering from multiple gunshot injuries. Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, Jacobs succumbed to his injuries. A bystander at the scene was able to provide a detailed description of the potential perpetrator to the police.
Using this information, detectives identified an individual matching the description in the vicinity of the CVS. The suspect, 38-year-old Jared Sevey, was observed discarding what appeared to be a firearm into a nearby canal, according to police reports.
Sevey was apprehended and appeared to be covered in blood. Court documents reveal that Sevey spontaneously confessed to the crime, stating, “I’m guilty,” “I planned it,” and “I bet he ain’t talking no more.” The alleged weapon was later recovered from the canal by law enforcement.
Investigators have pieced together a narrative suggesting that Sevey had visited the CVS earlier that day and had a dispute with Jacobs over an alleged shoplifting incident. Sevey alleged that Jacobs had attempted to strike him during their confrontation. Court documents quote Sevey as saying that this incident was the “last straw” and that he had previously decided that the next person who “touched” him would “feel like he feels.”
Sevey is believed to have returned to the store armed, requested to see Jacobs, and instructed another employee to evacuate the premises. He then allegedly drew his weapon and began firing at Jacobs. Despite Jacobs’ attempts to flee, Sevey reportedly pursued him and continued firing.
Sevey is currently in custody and faces multiple criminal charges, including first-degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence. The CVS store where the incident occurred will remain closed until further notice, as indicated by a sign posted on the front door.