Jim’s Smoke Shop

Luis E. Garcia, the suspect of an armed robbery at Jim’s Smoke Shop and More in Avondale, was shot and later died.

Luis E. Garcia, the suspect in an Avondale armed robbery case, was shot and later died, according to the Avondale Police Department.

Early in the evening of Dec. 10, Avondale police responded to an armed robbery at Jim’s Smoke Shop and More at 1450 N. Dysart Road, according to Jaret Redfearn, an Avondale Police Department spokesman. 

“Arriving officers discovered one adult male suspect just north of Van Buren Street suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his leg. The suspect was transported to a local area hospital for treatment, in life-threatening condition,” said Redfearn.

On Dec. 11, “the suspect in this case was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at Abrazo (West Campus) Hospital. The investigation is ongoing,” Redfearn said.

Redfearn said Garcia was 31 but would not provide details on the incident, including who shot the suspect.

The owner of the shop declined to comment to the West Valley View.

Jim’s Smoke Shop is in a mall also occupied by Pizza Hut, Food City, Harbor Freight Tool, KFC and Whataburger. According to its Instagram page, “Jim’s Smoke Shop & More features vape, hookah, tobacco, glassware.”