After being shot in an apparent road-rage incident, 22-year-old Joshua Stephen Switalski was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital Thursday night. A 21-year-old suspect is being held on first degree murder charges
According to police, around 7:50 p.m. Thursday night, the Oro Valley Police Department responded to the area of Oracle Road and First Avenue in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located Switalski, who was suffering from apparent gun shot trauma. Officers immediately began rendering first aid. The victim was transported to a local area hospital by Golder Ranch Fire District, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.
Detectives interviewed a number of witnesses who reported that two vehicles traveling northbound along Oracle Road appeared to be engaged in some type of verbal altercation. The confrontation involved the male driver of a pick-up truck, and Switalski who was driving a sedan. The drivers each had a passenger in their vehicle. As both vehicles continued traveling on Oracle Road, one of the occupants in the pick-up truck brandished a firearm and began shooting at the sedan. Upon being mortally wounded, Switalski’s vehicle came to rest in the emergency lane of Oracle Road near the intersection of First Avenue. No other injuries were reported.
The suspect vehicle fled the scene but was located by officers as it approached Hawser Road. Officers detained two male occupants.
Oro Valley police detectives responded to continue the investigation. Detectives have determined that the driver, 21-year-old David Arnoldo Mota, is believed to have fired at Switalski’s sedan. Mota was arrested and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center where he faces one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Detectives are requesting the assistance of any members of the public who may have witnessed the confrontation or the shooting itself to please call 911, 88-crime or 229-4900.