Category Archives: Arizona

Killed – Mario Edward Garnett (Phoenix, AZ)

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MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)–A nationwide manhunt ended Saturday when a bank robber, accused of shooting and killing a police officer in Tupelo, Mississippi, was killed during a shootout with police in Arizona.

Investigators say the suspect killed in Phoenix is the same man who shot and killed Sgt. Gale Stauffer Monday. Officer Joseph Maher was also injured in that shooting. The suspect was also caught on camera earlier Monday morning trying to rob a bank in Atlanta, GA.

“All of us hope that the conclusion of this investigation will bring some measure of comfort and peace,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Daniel McMullen.

In Tupelo, Mississippi, the FBI along with state and local law enforcement held a media conference, and Beth Stauffer, the widow of Officer Gale Stauffer, also made a statement thanking law enforcement for their work and the nation for their prayers and support.

The man suspected in a spree of bank robberies and the killing of a police officer in Tupelo, Miss., was sentenced in 2010 for threatening to kill President Obama and his predecessors, a federal law enforcement official told ABC News.

Authorities today identified the suspect, who was killed Saturday in a shootout with police outside a Phoenix, Ariz., bank, as Mario Edward Garnett, 40.

An indictment said that in August 2010 Garnett allegedly posted a message to the White House website, saying among other things: “if you order a strike on Iran, I’m going to come up there and blow your brains out on national TV. You scheming hypocrite … Netanyahu is a dead man. Damn Israel.”

Six days later, he allegedly posted another message, saying: “I’m going to settle some scores on behalf of Israel and America’s victims on behalf of those they continue to oppress. I’ll kill president and farmer alike. You are either worth something or you are chaff.”

Garnett was sentenced in June 2011 to eight months behind bars and three years supervised release for the threats against the president.

According to court documents, he was held for a month after his sentencing, but on July 26, 2011, he was let out on supervised released.

He was supposed to participate in a “program of mental health aftercare,” but he violated the conditions of supervised released, saying during a mental health session on Sept. 21, 2011, that his probation officer should be “put to death,” according to the document.

He repeatedly “rants and makes threats,” court documents said at the time.

A federal judge placed Garnett on home confinement with GPS monitoring for 120 days.

But in October 2011, a federal judge sentenced Garnett to 24 months in prison for violating his supervised release, and the judge said he “recommends a facility to evaluate and address the defendant’s mental health.”

http://www2.localmemphis.com/mostpopular/story/Police-Kill-Suspect-Wanted-In-Tupelo-Officers/Rqd0hg6xEkCl0kG5s8b9KQ.cspx

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/29/justice/bank-robber-manhunt/

http://heavy.com/news/2013/12/arizona-bank-robber-shot-dead/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/suspected-cop-killer-bank-robber-threatened-president/story?id=21360320

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/mario-edward-garnett-suspect-in-nationwide-manhunt-had-no-arizona-connections

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/suspected-killer-fatally-shot-phoenix-bank-heist-ends-nationwide-manhunt-article-1.1561445

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20131229phoenix-robbery-shooting-suspect-linked-officers-death-abrk.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/30/mario-edward-garnett-robbery-suspect_n_4517715.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/dec/29/nation/la-na-nn-bank-robberies-20131229

https://usgunviolence.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/double-shooting-killed-police-officer-kevin-gale-stauffer-jr-tupelo-ms/

https://usgunviolence.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/double-shooting-wounded-police-officer-tupelo-ms/

Double Shooting – Killed – Michael Clower (Red Rock, AZ)

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On Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. According to a Pinal County Sherriff’s office press release, two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and called 9-1-1 as the suspects were running out the back door. The safe from the business was taken by the suspects.

An “attempt to locate” was broadcasted to law enforcement agencies.

At 6:29 a.m. a PCSO deputy located an Audi passenger car in the area of the reported robbery leaving at a high rate of speed westbound on Interstate-10. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by using his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated in which the Audi reached speeds in excess of 120 mph.

At 6:37 a.m. the suspect vehicle exited onto northbound Highway 87. The suspect vehicle pulled into a dirt field and then the suspect vehicle and deputy’s vehicle collided.

Initial information is the two armed suspects exited the vehicle and shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and shot both suspects. One suspect died at the scene and the other suspect who was shot in the arm and leg attempted to run. The deputy was able to catch him and attempted to arrest him yet the suspect fought with him.

Eventually the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds.

The suspects, who authorities later identified as 32-year-old Michael Clower and 23-year-old Adam Chavez, exited the damaged vehicle and began firing at the officer. The deputy returned fire, killing Clower and striking Chavez in the arm and leg, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Babeu said Chavez fought and struggled with the deputy during the arrest.

The deputy, who is a seven year veteran and member of the SWAT and Search and Rescue teams, appeared to have escaped the head-on collision without injuries, Babeu said.

Chavez was hospitalized but his condition was not available Monday evening.

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/eloy_enterprise/news/pcso-deputy-involved-in-shooting-near-red-rock/article_ba9200ec-6e63-11e3-9f13-001a4bcf887a.html

http://kjzz.org/content/13953/red-rock-robbery-ends-car-chase-fatal-shooting

http://www.1041kqth.com/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/pinal/articles/20131223pinall-county-deputy-shooting-robbery-suspects-abrk.html

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

Double Shooting – Wounded – Man (Red Rock, AZ)

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On Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the “M Passion Adult Boutique” in Picacho Peak. According to a Pinal County Sherriff’s office press release, two armed suspects entered the business and tied up the female employee in a back room. The female was able to escape and called 9-1-1 as the suspects were running out the back door. The safe from the business was taken by the suspects.

An “attempt to locate” was broadcasted to law enforcement agencies.

At 6:29 a.m. a PCSO deputy located an Audi passenger car in the area of the reported robbery leaving at a high rate of speed westbound on Interstate-10. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by using his emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated in which the Audi reached speeds in excess of 120 mph.

At 6:37 a.m. the suspect vehicle exited onto northbound Highway 87. The suspect vehicle pulled into a dirt field and then the suspect vehicle and deputy’s vehicle collided.

Initial information is the two armed suspects exited the vehicle and shot at the deputy. The deputy returned fire and shot both suspects. One suspect died at the scene and the other suspect who was shot in the arm and leg attempted to run. The deputy was able to catch him and attempted to arrest him yet the suspect fought with him.

Eventually the suspect was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds.

The suspects, who authorities later identified as 32-year-old Michael Clower and 23-year-old Adam Chavez, exited the damaged vehicle and began firing at the officer. The deputy returned fire, killing Clower and striking Chavez in the arm and leg, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Babeu said Chavez fought and struggled with the deputy during the arrest.

The deputy, who is a seven year veteran and member of the SWAT and Search and Rescue teams, appeared to have escaped the head-on collision without injuries, Babeu said.

Chavez was hospitalized but his condition was not available Monday evening.

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/eloy_enterprise/news/pcso-deputy-involved-in-shooting-near-red-rock/article_ba9200ec-6e63-11e3-9f13-001a4bcf887a.html

http://kjzz.org/content/13953/red-rock-robbery-ends-car-chase-fatal-shooting

http://www.1041kqth.com/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/pinal/articles/20131223pinall-county-deputy-shooting-robbery-suspects-abrk.html

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/Armed-robbery-ends-in-fatal-officer-involved-shooting–237021891.html

Killed – Jerome Armstead (Phoenix, AZ)

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Police on Saturday were looking for a suspect they believe shot and killed a man in an apartment complex in south Phoenix.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said police responding to a 911 call at 10:45 p.m. found Jerome Armstead, 34, in the breezeway of the complex near 28th Street and Broadway Road.

“He had been shot multiple times,” Thompson said.

Armstead died later at a nearby hospital.

Officers responded to an apartment complex near 28th Street and Broadway around 10 p.m. Friday where they found a man in a breezeway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, spokesman for Phoenix Police Department.

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20131221phoenix-shooting-death-apartments-arizona-brk.html

http://www.kpho.com/story/24279695/phoenix-police-investigate-deadly-shooting

http://ktar.com/story/80545/man-killed-in-south-phoenix-apartment-complex-shooting/

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/pd-man-shot-killed-outside-phoenix-apartment-complex

Killed – Toddler (Sahuarita, AZ)

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SAHUARITA, Ariz. — Police say an Arizona toddler is dead after accidentally shooting himself with his parent’s gun.

Officer Philip Steele tells KVOA television station that the shooting happened Friday night at the family’s home in Sahuarita, south of Tucson.

Steele says officers found the 3-year-old boy with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face after responding to an emergency call along Calle Minerva around 7:45 p.m. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Steele says the parents told investigators the firearm was inadvertently misplaced for a short time. That’s when the child found it.

SAHUARITA, AZ, 12/20/13: A 3-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself with his parent’s gun. Officer Philip Steele with Sahuarita Police tells KGUN9 that officers responded to a call in the 300 block of Calle Minerva, around 7:45 p.m on Friday. When officers arrived on scene, the boy was found with a self-inflicted gunshot would to the face. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, said Steele. The parents told officers the firearm was misplaced for a short time, during which the child found and fatally discharged the weapon.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2013/12/21/Arizona-3-year-old-dies-after-accidentally-shooting-himself-with-parent-s-gun.html

http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/free/20131221arizona-toddler-dead-accidental-shooting-sahuarita.html

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/Toddler-dies-from-self-inflicted-gunshot-wound-236868601.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/25/1262912/-Accidentally-shot-by-an-otherwise-responsible-gun-owner-GunFAIL-XLIX

Killed – Jordan Nava (Youngtown, AZ)

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Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies have made two arrests in connection with the shooting death of a man Saturday outside a Youngtown hotel.

Jamal Akil Nathani Perryman, 24, of Glendale, was arrested Monday after questioning by detectives, according to a court document acquired Thursday morning.

Deputies took Joseph Gonzales, 22, into custody Wednesday morning after a search warrant on a home near 163rd Avenue and Jomax.

Perryman and Gonzales are accused of trying to rob Jordan Nava of a half-pound of cocaine valued at $7,600 in the parking lot of a Best Western Hotel.

The suspects’ cell phones were both traced to the shooting location, leading to their questioning and arrests.

Gonzales got away the day of the shooting in a ’90s model gray/silver sedan driven by Perryman eastbound on Grand Avenue, according to MCSO spokesman Christopher Hegstrom.

MCSO said Nava, 24, was shot near the Best Western Hotel at 11201 W. Grand Ave. shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday.

The court document said Gonzales pulled a gun while in Nava’s vehicle and ordered him to give up the cocaine. A witness who was acting as the “middle man” for the buy said Nava pulled a gun, but Gonzales fired first.

Gonzales left the vehicle as Nava fired back and got into the car with Perryman, the witness said.

Nava was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

http://www.kpho.com/story/24225465/1-dead-in-shooting-outside-youngtown-hotel-suspect-sought

http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/24225465/police-arrest-suspect-in-deadly-shooting-outside-youngtown-hotel

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/surprise/articles/20131218man-arrested-surprise-after-fatal-best-western-shooting-abrk.html

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/surprise/articles/20131215youngtown-fatal-shooting-suspect-sought-by-police-abrk.html

http://ktar.com/story/80329/mcso-searching-for-murder-suspect/

http://www.kpho.com/story/24225465/police-arrest-suspect-in-deadly-shooting-outside-youngtown-hotel

Double Murder/Suicide – Dead – Hector Karaca (Tucson, AZ)

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The suspect in an October double murder in Phoenix has died after a chase and a shooting in Tucson.

KOLD-TV, the CBS affiliate in Tucson, reports that U.S. Marshals and Toledo police served a warrant on the suspect at a motel near the Tucson airport.

Police said that led to a carjacking and a pursuit to 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue in south Tucson where the suspect, Hector “Flaco” Taner Karaca, 24, shot himself.

Police were looking for Karaca in connection with the Oct. 21 murders of 25-year-old Jose Alonso Villa and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kristen Bianca Furgeri. Their bodies were found in a bed in a back house near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road shortly after 11:30 p.m., said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Villa’s brother heard gunshots coming from the back house and told his mother. She looked out the front window and saw Karaca running to her car and leaving, according to the police report.

It also said Villa’s mother waited about 10 minutes until her husband arrived home before calling police. When her husband got home, he checked on his son and Furgeri and found them shot to death.

The charred remains of a white 2005 Hyundai Elantra stolen from the scene were found in an alley near 20th Avenue just north of Buckeye Road the following morning. Police identified the suspect as Karaca, who spent time in the Arizona prison system for vehicle theft.

In an interview with police, Villa’s mother said she went to the back house about 9:30 p.m. and there was a man there she knew as “Flaco” carrying a green, camouflage gun in the home with her son and his girlfriend.

Villa’s father told police Karaca and Villa became friends about a month prior to the deadly shooting and that Karaca would come to the house once a week. On the day of the shooting, Villa’s father said Karaca was trying to sell him the camouflage gun.

He said witnesses saw the suspect get into the family’s Hyundai and drive away with the car’s lights off.

On Dec. 12, authorities located Karaca in Tucson and when they attempted to arrest him, he led police on a chase and then shot himself to death.

http://www.kpho.com/story/23754939/stolen-car-found-suspect-idd-in-phoenix-double-homicide

http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/23754939/stolen-car-found-suspect-idd-in-phoenix-double-homicide

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/25/hector-taner-karaca-phoenix-murders_n_4162798.html

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/23754301/2013/10/22/phoenix-police-investigate-double-murder

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-az/tucson/phoenix-murder-suspect-dead-after-chase-in-tucson

http://www.azfamily.com/story/28375445/police-double-murder-suspect-shoots-self-after-chase

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24212056/2013/12/13/murder-suspect-commits-suicide-after-pursuit

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/23772410/bank-account-set-up-by-family-for-slain-teen

http://www.azfamily.com/story/28373510/suspect-in-double-murder-on-the-loose

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/phoenix-pd-looking-for-double-murder-suspect-6650582

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