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Chandler police investigate homicide

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Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 8:56 am | Updated: 9:55 am, Mon Feb 13, 2012.

Chandler police are seeking the public's help in locating Guadalupe Encinas Jr., a "person of interest" in connection to a homicide that left one man dead Thursday morning following a home invasion.

Encinas, 39, is one of four men police are looking for in connection to the crime; the other three were not identified.

Police responded to a shooting at 545 N. Delaware St. about 5:45 a.m. and discovered Juan Jose Makil, 38, shot inside the residence and a second man who was not injured during the incident, according to Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman. The home is south of Galveston Street and close to Arizona Avenue.

Encinas, the man police trying to find, has been known to be in possession of firearms in the past. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous and are asking the public not to approach him, but to contact police.

"We are very confident that this was not random, but that (Makil) was targeted," Tyler said. "This could have been a personal vendetta; we just don't know yet."

Four suspects entered the home, but it was not known whether the occupants let them inside or if they forced their way in.

In 2003, Makil was sentenced to six years in prison for misconduct involving weapons. He was released in November 2008, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.

The four suspects are described as either Hispanic or Native American, and it was not known whether they fled on foot or drove away in a car.

Witnesses are limited and police are continuing to investigate to determine the motive.

If anyone has any information, they can call Chandler police at (480) 782-4130.

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