Jesse Michael MARTINEZ, 35, WANTED for second-degree murder, surrenders to police

Calgary, Alberta – Jesse Michael MARTINEZ, the man charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of John Mitchell Smith Jr., has surrendered to police.

MARTINEZ was arrested by homicide detectives around 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. He will remain in custody until he can appear before a judge.

“We cannot thank the community enough for their help and support during this investigation,” said Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta with the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “From the businesses that provided access to their CCTV to the numerous people who called in to help us identify a suspect, people stepped up in a big way to help our investigators move this case forward quickly.”

“We know we are fortunate to have this level of support from our community when it is needed and we are grateful” added Staff Sergeant Schiavetta. “While charges being laid will not bring John back, we hope it is the first step in getting him and his family justice.”

It is not yet known when MARTINEZ will first appear in court.

BACKGROUND

Calgary, Alberta – We are asking for the public’s help to locate a man wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of John Mitchell Smith Jr.

Jesse Michael MARTINEZ, 35, of Calgary, is wanted on Canada-wide warrants for second-degree murder.

On Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, officers were called to the Junction Underground nightclub, located at 628 8 Ave. S.W., around 2:40 a.m., for reports that someone had been shot. The victim, John Mitchell Smith Jr., was taken to hospital but died later as a result of his injuries.

“Our homicide investigators, and all of the supporting investigative teams, have worked around the clock since this tragic event occurred to identify the suspect and hold him accountable,” said Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the CPS Homicide Unit. “We are asking the public to call police if they know of Jesse Michael MARTINEZ’s whereabouts.”

Jesse Michael MARTINEZ, 35, of Calgary
Jesse Michael MARTINEZ, 35, of Calgary

Anyone with information about MARTINEZ’s whereabouts is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

Case # 21400870/3321

Calgary Police Service



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