Phoenix Roofer Pays for Alleged Shoddy Work With Bullet to Back

A Phoenix man upset with the quality of the work being done by a man he hired to fix his roof let the roofer know about it...with a bullet to the back.

According to court records obtained by New Times, about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, police were called to a home near 59th Avenue and Encanto Drive. When they arrived on the scene, officers found 42-year-old Carlos Ramirez, a roofer, with a bullet in his back.

Ramirez told cops he'd been hired by 68-year-old Rafael Sanchez to do some roof work on a home he owned.

Ramirez told police he and Sanchez had an argument over the quality of
the work being done, and the price Sanchez had agreed to pay.

Following the argument, Sanchez left the house, but returned shortly
after with a .38 caliber revolver. Sanchez and the victim continued
arguing for a few more minutes before he pulled out the gun and shot
Ramirez once in the back.

Police were called, but Sanchez didn't leave the scene -- he stuck around so he could talk to cops.

When the police arrived, Sanchez admitted to shooting Ramirez, and pointed to a vehicle, in which he had left the gun.

After being placed under arrest, Sanchez told cops he shot Ramirez
because he was upset with the quality of the work he was doing. He said
he never intended on killing the roofer, he just wanted to "scare him."

Sanchez was booked in the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of aggravated assault.

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James King
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