Jesse William Mitchell

Left, police released a sketch of the man suspected of killing Jesse William Mitchell, right, on New Year’s Day.

The new year was not even six hours old when the first homicide of 2020 hit Glendale.

According to police, a man shot and killed Jesse William Mitchell, 41, at 5:37 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Glendale Police responded to a shooting call near the bus stop at 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. 

“Officers located an adult male with gunshot wounds,” said Tiffany Ngalula, spokeswoman for the Glendale Police. “The fire department treated the victim on scene, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.”

She said witnesses saw the suspect leaving the location on foot westbound. 

She said the suspect is an African American male in his mid-30s,  between 6 feet and 6-foot-3, approximately 300 pounds, with a short beard. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and black beanie hat.

Police released a sketch of the suspect.

“Detectives have been working diligently to identify the suspect involved,” said Ngalula. She asked anyone with  information regarding the incident or who can identify the suspect in the sketch to contact the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.

“We are not disclosing the number of witnesses at this time,” Ngalula said.

Asked if there was a conversation between the suspect and the victim, Ngalula said, “I do not have any information indicating what occurred between the two prior to the shooting.”

According to court records, Mitchell’s convictions include aggravated DUI, car theft and selling stolen property. He was released from prison in 2018, after serving an eight-year sentence. 

In June, Mitchell was sentenced to three years of probation and drug abuse treatment.