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Homicide Cases Near Phoenix

Foul Play Homicide Case

Horseplay turned to homicide charges when a pedestrian was killed Thursday night after being pushed into the road and hit by a vehicle, Phoenix police said.

The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. near Dunlap and 19th avenues, according to Sgt. Alan Pfohl with the Phoenix Police Department.

Pfohl said 23-year-old Terrance Veale was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After further investigation, officials said they determined Veale and Tyrone David Turner were on the sidewalk engaging in horseplay.

Turner, 26, told police he pushed Veale, Pfohl said. Veale stumbled into the road and was hit by a vehicle.

Turner was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide.

No other details were immediately available. The investigation is ongoing

Drive By Shooting

Sadly, two teen boys were shot recently in a drive by shooting in West Phoenix.

According to the reports, the Police and firefighters were called to an address near 67th Avenue and Baseline Road. This happened around 1:45 p.m. for a report of a possible drive by shooting.

The police said that there were witnesses who reported seeing two groups in a drug deal when the shots were filed. One of the teens who was shot has sadly died at the scene of the incident.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department spokesman, the other teen also has wounds. The teen has wounds to his arms and legs and is more stable. He has also been taken to an area hospital.

Officers located a suspect vehicle fleeing the scene. The police were able to detain four people who they think are involved in the incident.

Criminal Defense Cases

If you have been charged with murder, the attorney you choose to defend you will likely be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Obtaining a strong defense could be the difference between freedom and a life behind bars.

At the Phoenix based Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, you will find the experienced, dedicated and highly skilled trial attorneys you need to protect your rights. Each of our attorneys made a conscious decision to become a criminal defense lawyer. We could have chosen any other field of law, but defending the freedom and liberty of people who are facing the possibility of incarceration was our first choice. We believe strongly that skilled and passionate defense attorneys can make a difference in the lives of their clients. We go into every case feeling that we can make that difference.

Hiring the Right Homicide Lawyer in Phoenix

Having a skilled homicide defense attorney is important in any criminal case, but it is even more critical in a murder case. To properly defend a client against a murder charge, a defense lawyer must be prepared to effectively challenge the prosecution’s evidence. To do so, a Phoenix Murder Defense Attorney must be prepared to effectively cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses, including any expert witnesses.

Expert Witnesses

In some cases, a Phoenix Homicide Defense Attorney may need to use expert witnesses on behalf of the defendant to challenge forensic evidence, ballistics evidence and other scientific evidence presented by the prosecution. We are prepared to do so and have worked with expert witnesses in the past to provide a vigorous defense on our clients’ behalf.

In addition to fighting your charges at trial (or seeking a case dismissal for lack of probable cause), we can also negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement. A plea agreement might involve a plea to a lesser offense or an agreement on sentencing that will significantly reduce the penalties you face.

Homicide Defense Strategy

We will take the time to talk to witnesses, investigate what really happened in your case, understand what evidence is in the prosecution’s possession, look for holes in the prosecution’s case, and determine if the police violated your constitutional rights or made other critical errors that can be used to your advantage.

We are committed to raising a strong and comprehensive defense on your behalf. Depending on the facts of your case, the following defenses and strategies may be helpful:

  • Self-Defense
  • Insanity
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Suppression of Evidence
  • Challenging DNA, Fingerprint Evidence and other Forensic Evidence
  • Challenging Ballistics Evidence (Relating to Firearms and Bullets)
  • Challenging the Reliability of an Eyewitness
  • Challenging Whether the Evidence Sustains a Murder Conviction
  • Negotiation with the Prosecution to Determine if a Plea Agreement Could

Significantly Minimize the Charges or Penalties you Face

We have defended clients against murder charges and other felony violent crimes. You can be confident that you will have a highly skilled and dedicated defense lawyer who will advise you of your rights, help explain the process and work diligently to seek the best possible outcome on your behalf.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime such as Homicide, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 480-351-6445.



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Investigating Homicide Cases

Police Still Searching for Homicide Suspects

Even though it’s been more than a year since a security guard has lost his life due to being shot and killed, police are still trying to find justice for the fallen security guard’s death. The security guard had been killed outside of an West Phoenix apartment complex. Police are still needing helping identifying two suspects.

The Phoenix Police officers found fifty-nine year old, Jeffery Bellemare, suffering from gunshot wounds. This was on November 29, 2013 at the Graybriar Condominiums. This is near the 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road. Sadly, Bellemare died at the scene.

Police Searching for Two Suspects in Security Guard’s Shooting

According to the police, there was a man and a woman that could be seen running from the area. They fled into an older model sedan vehicle. Police have released sketches of what the two suspects might look like. They hope that someone in the public would be willing to come forth if they know these people, or someone might have seen them around, just anything to go on really.

Police say that the vehicle had a vinyl top and could have been damaged in the front-end due to a front end incident that was prior to the shooting. The Phoenix Police said that the detectives have been working on this case for quite some time. It must be awful hard on these officers, not having much to go on.

If anyone has any information about the shooting or could possibly identify the two suspects, please do so. You can contact the Silent Witness program at 480-WITNESS or even the Phoenix Police Department.  If that was a friend of yours or a loved one, you would want justice. The fallen security guard’s family definitely deserves some justice and peace of mind over this. So, please help if you can.

Wrong Way Crash Ends Up in Homicide Case

Authorities say a Utah man has been arrested in connection with a wrong-way crash in western Arizona that killed three California women in another vehicle.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say 49-year-old Dana Michael Cavanaugh of Washington, Utah, has been booked into jail on suspicion of homicide.

They’re still trying to determine if Cavanaugh was driving impaired at the time of Saturday’s crash on Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite.

It was unclear Monday if Cavanaugh has an attorney yet.

DPS officials say a vehicle entered the interstate going the wrong way and traveled about 500 feet before colliding head-on with another car.

A 55-year-old woman and two 31-year-old women were killed.

They are identified as: Caitlin M. Cascella, 31; Christine A. Bradbury, 31; and Susan C. Bradbury, 55 all from Riverside, Calif.

Mother Faces Homicide Charges

The mother of two children found dead inside a car in Superior has been arrested on homicide charges, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says.

PCSO says a 2-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl were found strapped to car seats inside a car Monday night near U.S. 60 and Mary Drive.

Both of the children are dead.

The children’s mother, 20-year-old Brittany Velasquez, faces two counts of murder, according to the sheriff’s office.

PCSO’s Statement:

Evidence on scene indicated foul play.

Officials from the Superior Police Department said officers had been out to Velasquez’s home seven or eight times throughout the past few years, including a January incident that was reported to the Department of Child Safety.

DCS confirmed that it had two prior reports of neglect involving Velasquez and her children: In January and in October 2016. Neither instance resulted in action from DCS, which concluded there was no evidence of abuse or neglect despite having concerns about Velasquez’s mental health.

The sheriff’s office is still investigating.

Prison Homicide

A Tucson-area man serving a 22-year sentence for a double murder has died in state prison in what authorities say is a suspected homicide.

Charlie M. Wooden, 34, was found unresponsive in his assigned bunk Monday night at a medium security state prison complex in Buckeye, authorities said. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Arizona Department of Corrections investigators “suspect foul play was involved and have identified potential suspects,” the department said in a news release Tuesday.

Arizona Department Statement:

While the investigation is ongoing, the department intends to fully pursue criminal prosecution in this case.

Wooden was sentenced to prison in 2017 for two counts of second-degree murder in the 2013 deaths of Vanessa Buster, 22, and Pluma-Blanca Jose manual Navarro Cazares, 23.

The victims were residents of Three Points west of Tucson. Wooden also was known to have lived in the Three Points area, and well as in the Drexel Heights area, according to Star archives.

Homicide Suspect

Two Flagstaff men were arrested Thursday after a woman was shot and killed Wednesday night in east Flagstaff, Flagstaff Police Department officials said.

Kinsey Beebe, 19, was found shot and in critical condition Wednesday night when officers responded to a call about shots fired near the 1900 block of east Arrowhead Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m., Flagstaff Police spokesman Sgt. Cory Runge said in a press release.

Beebe was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.

Approximately half an hour after Beebe was found shot, police receive another call of shots fired in the area of North Sanford Place and North Miranda Way, Runge said. Police determined it had been a drive-by shooting at an occupied residential structure, but no one was injured.

First Degree Murder

At 2 a.m. Thursday, Adonis Encinas Velarde, 20, turned himself in and was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, disorderly conduct with a weapon, discharging a weapon in city limits, drive-by shooting of an occupied structure, and assisting a criminal street gang, Runge said.

Velarde told police he witnessed the murder of Beebe and was the person who fired the gun in the drive-by shooting, Runge said.

At approximately 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Abraham Puentes Ortiz, 22, was found and arrested at the 700 block of South Blackbird Roost. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, disorderly conduct with a weapon, discharging a weapon in city limits, drive-by shooting of an occupied structure, and assisting a criminal street gang, Runge said.

Ortiz told police he shot Beebe three times and drove the vehicle in the drive-by shooting, Runge said.

Police Investigate Homicide

The men allegedly told police they had been drinking with Beebe at the 1900 block of east Arrowhead Avenue. During their time there, the men went outside and fired one shot from an altered Ruger handgun with the serial number removed, Runge said.

Beebe confronted the men about the shooting because there were other people inside the house. The men then placed the gun inside the home and went for a walk. When they returned, they found out Beebe had hidden the gun. The three got in an argument and Beebe made a phone call, Runge said.

Ortiz, who was armed with a Glock handgun, shot Beebe in the head and neck three times, Runge said.

The men fled the scene in a minivan, which had an AR-15 rifle inside, Runge said. Velarde fired a gun at an occupied structure during the drive away from where Beebe was murdered.

Velarde then fled from Ortiz because he believed Ortiz would kill him next, Runge said. Velarde then surrendered himself to police.

When police located Ortiz, he was armed with a Glock handgun and police located an AR-15 in his residence.

Police believe they have arrested all suspects in the case and there is no ongoing threat to the public, Runge said.



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Public Shooting in Phoenix

Phoenix Police Officer Shoots Bystander

Shootings are dangerous and if you hear someone shooting, the best thing to do is get far away from the commotion. A Phoenix police officer accidentally shot a bystander as the officer was trying to shoot a dog that had been attacking people, including the officer.

It was four o’clock one morning when the officer was inside of the Quik Trip store which is located at 19th and Southern Avenues. While, the officer was inside a person came inside and said that a dog was outside attacking people.

The officer firstly warned the people to stay inside. However when he went outside he was witness to the dog already attacking and biting a man.

The officer tried to pull the dog off of the man, however the dog decided to bite the officer too. After that the officer fired one round.

Shots Fired in Phoenix

That single shot somehow ended up striking a fifty-three year old man, who had also been bit by the dog. The man was wounded by his foot. The beat up older man was taken to the hospital with, luckily, non-life threatening injuries.

The man and the officer had suffered from non-life threatening injuries. The dog wasn’t so lucky though. The dog ended up having to be mechanized due to his injuries.

Police said that the dog was tan and white in color. He was medium sized as well. They believe the dog was just a stray dog. They searched the dog to see if he was micro-chipped, which he was not. The dog had on a red collar, however there were no dog tags or any kind of information so that the owners could be contacted.

The dog had been seen before the biting incident. The bystander said that the dog wasn’t aggressive at that time, he was just drinking water from the windshield cleaner buckets that are found next to the gas pumps.


Former Furniture Store Operator Arrested for Homicide

Unfortunately, some homicide cases can last years. Everyone wants justice, but sometimes the evidence isn’t there. Just because it’s been put on hold for a little while, doesn’t mean that case won’t ever be solved. You never know when something will strike up an investigation again.

A man was arrested in Arizona for a homicide case that has been around for twenty-three years. The man is a furniture sales competitor. He’s wanted for the killing of a man in Ohio.

Sam Perone, is the man who was arrested for the crime. Police think that the forty-one year old, Richard Woods had been visiting the Columbus area furniture store salesman. There are reports he had been there prior to his death/disappearance.

Lt. John Faine’s Statement:

His last stop that day was at Sam Perone’s furniture store, That stop was the last time Richard was ever seen alive.

Woods was shot in the back of the head and his body was found about a month later in a wooded area near Lebanon. David Fornshell who is the Warren County Prosecutor said that the investigating officers think that Woods was shot in the back of the Perone’s store. He did however, decline to talk about a possible motive and admitted to this being a challenging case.

David Fornshell’s Statement:

Any time you try to prosecute a case that’s 23 years old, it’s a difficult process.
The police are hoping to get Perone’s removal from Phoenix, where he happened to be arrested. On a Friday, the authorities left a message for the Lebanon attorney who had previously represented Perone. The details of the murder incident weren’t immediately released by the Warren County police officials.
Sixty-seven year old Perone at first denied any involvement in Wood’s slaying. He made the decision to close the store, many years ago. However, it’s not for sure how long ago that he moved to Phoenix.
The police suggest that they used the newer forensic techniques to develope evidence.

Fornshell’s Statement:

There’s been a tremendous advance in the use of DNA technology and other types of technology over the past 10 to 15 years
It was a ironic situation that the police are calling a “coincidence” that Perone’s arrest was announced on the 23rd anniversary of Woods’ disappearance.

Long Period Of Time Passes Over Murder Case

On a Friday, a man who was living in Arizona was accused of murdering another man in Ohio over two decades ago was called to make his initial court appearance.

Sixty-seven year old, Sam Perone asked the court if he could have his extradition back to Ohio to be delayed until the end of the month so that his wife could visit him in jail.

According to the reports, Perone was advised more than once by the judge not to talk about his case due to the fact that the entire proceeding was being recorded and could and will be used in any future court proceedings that relate to his case.

Sam’s Statement:

I can’t ask the court to ask them to let my wife see me?


Perone asked the judge, this being after he made the request that his extradition be put on hold until the end of the month on October 23rd.


Judge’s Statement:

There’s nothing we can do intervene on that. This is their warrant that they’re extraditing on. So I don’t know whether they would do it in a week. I don’t know if they would do it in a month. I don’t know if they would do it tomorrow.


Sam stayed in good spirits during the request, joking with the judge about the guards wanting to take him back to Ohio on Saturday so that they wouldn’t miss a game playing later.

Sam is accused of killing a man named woods. The man was killed on October 8,1992. The mans body was later found in an Ohio ravine, at least a month after his death. The body had two gunshot wounds to the head. Woods car was located 1.5 miles away from a nearby rest area.

Police think that Sam Perone was the last person to see Woods alive. The investigators were able to re-open the case in 2006 after they found blood in some carpet however, the results were inconclusive. Last year investigators decided to give the case another try.


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Different Types of Shootings in Phoenix

Many Different Things Contribute to A Phoenix Shooting


Road rage is something that people joke about, but you never know what could happen. Of course, I’ve even joked about having “road rage” but after this latest news article I won’t be joking around about it any more.

According to the Department of Public Safety, they have made an arrest that deals with a road rage shooting. The shooting happened around the Loop 101 on a Saturday.

Thirty-six year old, Christopher Hoffman had admitted to his involvement of the shooting that happened on a Saturday morning near Bell Road.

The Department of Public Safety “DPS” says that witnesses and citizens were able to help them locate Hoffman. Hoffman was booked into jail for a drive by shooting, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm in city limits as well as being in possession of a dangerous drug.

The Department of Public Safety said in a media conference that they do not think that this drive by shooting was connect to the ongoing freeway shootings investigation.


Apartment Complex Shooting in Phoenix


Another type of shooting is at a residential home or apartment complex’s. Home shootings are sadly pretty common. The Phoenix Police said that they were able to identify a woman who had been shot and sadly died in Phoenix on a Friday.

According to the reports, thirty-one year old, Latangla Lawrence had suffered from several gunshot wounds inside of an apartment complex which was located near the I-17 and Thomas Road. The police have reported that the thirty-one year old woman had been shot in the face.

There were witnesses to the shooting, and according to the reports by them, Lawrence was seen leaving the apartment after shots had been fired. She then fell to the ground.

A man was found not far from the scene with a gunshot wound, he was then taken to the hospital where he remains for now. The police have said that there were also two children found inside of the apartment. They children have been taken to the Department of Child Safety to keep them safe.

The shooting is still under investigation at this time.

Could have been a domestic fight? Domestic disputes are known to get a little crazy sometimes, but would it really get so bad to shoot each other? Plus, the children in there…I doubt any kind of parent would shoot at each other in front of the kids. Maybe a drug deal gone bad? Who knows? The police are working hard to get to the bottom of it.


Public Shooting Turns into a Homicide


Another type of shooting is sadly a public place shooting. These are pretty common days. Shootings often turn into homicides, because let’s face it, if you’re planning on shooting someone chances are you’re not shooting at them to tickle them. You’re wanting to hurt them badly, or probably kill them.

A search started for a man who was wanted for a 2014 shooting in a San Diego homicide. The man was later arrested in Phoenix just a couple weeks ago. The police was given a tip about the suspect, and luckily it lead the authorities to the Valley where the found him.

Twenty-six year old Neil Downey as well as another man had allegedly shot a victim outside of a hookah lounge in November of 2014 in San Diego. The first suspect was found a little quicker, in April of this year. However, Downey remained at large and on the run until a Thursday.

Downey is no angel, the brutal man has an extensive history of violence on children as well as police. This, coming from the U.S. Marshals, who are pretty good with their intel.

Since August the United States Marshals have been looking into every tip they’ve recieved about Downey. They got many saying that Downey could be hiding in Phoenix or the Mesa area. They were able to finally track him down as he was leaving a home in the area of 21st and Turney. Must have been some pretty good tips.


David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for District of Arizona’s Statement:

The level of interagency cooperation exhibited during this investigation was second to none. This collaborative effort resulted in the capture of a violent fugitive and made the Valley a safer place.


Downey is now in jail and is awaiting for extradition to San Diego. He’s being held at the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail. He’s probably not in a hurry to be heading back to San Diego though.




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Phoenix Shooting Homicide Cases

Father Tries to Kills Son in Shooting Incident

Phoenix Police are constantly busy with shooting cases. This time one happened near 52nd Street and Bell Road.

The reports say that the police said that the dispute happened between a father and his adult son. How sad is that? Police say that the eighty-one year old father, Michael Zukoski  sadly shot his own son in the back and then shot himself.

According to reports, the officers arrived on the scene of the heartbreaking scene at around 7:35 a.m. that is when they found the son, a forty-nine year old male who had been wounded with a gunshot wound. They were able to get him to the hospital, where is still in serious condition.

The father, Zukoski, was also found at the scene by officers. He was found with an apparent “self-inflicted” gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family Killed in Shooting Incident

When you think of family you usually think of happy, loving togetherness. However, that’s not always the case. Sadly, one family got the surprise that no one would ever want.

Five family members are sadly dead after the son, opened fire at their house. The house was located near 51st Avenue and Cactus Road. According to the Phoenix Police, the son was killed by officers.

Police said that a man and woman were sadly found already dead at the scene. There were also two girls found. One in her teens and then a six year old little girl. The six year old had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. Luckily both girls were expected to make a recovery.

According to the reports, the police had to fatally shoot the shooter after a confrontation inside of the home.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said that the man and woman who died were the shooter’s parents, Vic and Kimberly Buckner. The girls were Kaitlin and Emma. The shooter was later identified as twenty-six year old, Alex Buckner.

At first Crump said that the shooter had killed himself but later confirmed that the shooter was actually killed by the police officers.

Crump’s Statement:

I’m not sure if it was an exchange of fire, but that ended the confrontation.

The neighbors had to be interviewed by the local police after the shootings were reported and hearing an argument just thirty minutes before the police were called to the house.

One of the people that were injured were one of the ones who called 911 just before 5 a.m. The caller said that a family member was firing at the other family members.


Criminal Defense Cases

If you are suspected of murder, aggravated assault or another violent crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney can secure your rights. A skilled lawyer will not only look for ways to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed but will also focus on developing an effective criminal defense trial strategy. At Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC, we have a substantial background defending clients accused of violent crimes in the state of Arizona and the greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Our lead criminal defense attorney, Daniel Perlman, is a former prosecutor who previously pursued charges against individuals suspected of violent crimes. Mr. Perlman and the entire Perlman Law Group offer a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system and know the right steps to take in developing a defense strategy while seeking to mitigate any potential damage.

Our ability to work with the facts in plea negotiations can turn a weak defense into a strong one. In our experience, a creative approach to your defense strategy can result in a sentence of probation or work release, even on a felony plea.

Effective Defensive Strategy for Violent Crimes

As a starting point for an effective defense strategy, we will evaluate the police report, witness statements and any physical evidence. Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC takes its approach a step further through identifying creative solutions by focusing on the actual risk of punishment you are currently facing. The threat of prison will probably be based as much on your prior record as it will be on the facts of the current criminal charges.

Our firm handles cases involving all types of Violent Crime allegations, including:

  • Assault and Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Murder, Attempted Murder and Manslaughter
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Armed Robbery
  • Kidnapping and False Imprisonment
  • Criminal Threats
  • Gang-Related Crimes
  • Resisting Arrest and Assault on an Officer
  • Domestic Violence

If weaknesses in the government’s case mean that you stand a good chance of success at trial, we will aggressively represent your interests before a jury. If the evidence against you makes a trial too risky, we will advise you and work with all parties — including prosecutors, probation officers, court services and community agencies — to show that you are an excellent candidate for favorable treatment.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to a solid defense. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 480-351-6445.


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Gunshot Cases in Phoenix

Phoenix Woman Suffers From Gunshot Wound

Oh how Phoenix never lacks in shooting stories. Someone is always on the news for sadly being injured by a gunshot.

According to the Phoenix Police, a woman who had a gunshot wound had actually managed to drive to the South Mountain Precinct for help overnight.

The victim was weirdly shot in the ankle as she was in a liquor store parking lot on the 19th Avenue. There were two male suspects who fled the area. They got into another car after they shot the woman.

Luckily the woman is expected to be okay.

Police do not know or have a motive for the shooting at this time. They also do not have any of the suspect descriptions.

Officer Involved in Shooting in Phoenix

Stolen vehicles usually tend to lead to mass chaos. When police catch up to those stolen vehicles it usually ends in a police chase or a shooting of some sort. This time, an officer involved shooting took place.

A man who was driving a stolen car has died after he was involved with not only the stolen car, but also an officer-involved shooting that took place in west Phoenix.

Luckily none of the police officers were injured during the shooting, according to a police spokesman. The shooting happened on a Wednesday around three o’clock in the evening at the 7th Avenue and McDowell Road.

The police didn’t immediately release the name of the shooting suspect. The police say that the man could have been wanted on an outstanding parole violation.

The police say that after he stopped the vehicle, he put the car into reverse and rammed the other vehicles in the area. So he was in a hurry to get out of there for multiple reasons it seems.

The police stated that one of the officers was in danger and that when the police decided to take action and shoot the victim. The man was later taken to the hospital and was in critical condition. The man later died from the gunshot wound.

Interstate Being Watched After Gunshot Shootings

Interstate shootings are kind of uncommon, so for there to be at least ten different reporting of shootings the Fowler Elementary School District are taking precautions. The Fowler Elementary School have issued orders for the buses to avoid the Phoenix Freeways, to hopefully eliminate the scare of the kids being hurt.

Marvene Lobato, Superintendent’s Statement:

I want all school district vehicles to refrain from using any freeway

The Superintendent issues the order after and incident on September 9th.

Lobato’s Gunshot Worries

I am being conscientious that whomever is demonstrating such bad judgment has no regard for human life; and I don’t want our students and staff in harm’s way

Of course other school districts are taking precautions too. They are also asking their buses to avoid the freeways due to the recent shootings.

Lobato knows that the other school districts are following suite and “doing the same”. A group of Phoenix superintendents met to figure out a plan of action to hopefully address the issue. Lobato wasn’t scared by the shootings at first, just due to the fact that the time of which they occurred. However, that changed after the September 9th incident.

Lobato’s Statement:

Today’s event happened during school time. This alarms me.

The buses that are usually used for field trips also have to make changes to their routes. The changes have increased travel time by thirty to forty minutes. Which on a bus, that seems like hours.

The Normal bus routes are being affected as well due to an increase of daily drivers also avoiding the freeways. Can’t really blame them.

Lobato knows that this is probably extremely inconvenient, not only for the bus drivers but the daily commuters, but this is something that has to be done. She said that, “life is far too precious to ignore this behavior”. Good call Superintendent Lobato. Good call. Lives matter more than travel time.

Hopefully the police can figure out whats going on and put a stop to the mass gun shooting incidents.



Phoenix Criminal Threats Lawyer

Criminal Defense Cases

Formerly referred to as terroristic threats, the crime of criminal threats may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending on case specifics. A criminal threat occurs when an individual threatens to kill or injure another person and that person has a reasonably sustained fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family. A defendant may potentially be convicted of making criminal threats even if he or she did not intend to carry out the threat, provided that the alleged victim had a reasonable basis to fear for his or her safety.

Arrest in Phoenix for Criminal Threats

If you have been arrested for making a criminal threat, it is critical that you protect your rights by retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney. For a vigorous defense, contact the Law Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC immediately.

Arizona prosecutors have considerable discretion to charge criminal threats offenses as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor criminal threat, harassment or stalking offense, you could face up to one year in county jail. If you are convicted of a felony criminal threats offense, you could face up to four years in state prison. You could face significantly greater penalties if you used a firearm or other dangerous weapon while making criminal threats.

Types of Criminal Threats

A Criminal Threat is a strike offense, which means that you could face significantly enhanced penalties if you are convicted of a future felony. Even a nonviolent felony could result in twice the prison sentence if you have a prior strike offense. A third strike could result in a prison sentence of 25 years to life.

Criminal Threats Defensive Strategy

There are many ways that our skilled Phoenix Defense Attorneys can raise a strong defense on your behalf. First, we will examine the facts of the case to determine if the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction. In particular, we will look at any evidence of the alleged communication. Does the prosecution have copies of an email or voicemail? If the state has nothing more than a he-said-she said case, the prosecution will have a tougher time proving its case.


Taking Your Criminal Threats Case to Trial

Even if the prosecution has evidence of the alleged communication, we will examine the nature of the communication. Was the threat a serious one? In other words, did the alleged victim actually fear for his or her safety and was he or she reasonable to have such fear? The prosecution does not have to prove that you intended to carry out the threat, or even that you had the current ability to carry out the threat. However, the prosecution must establish that the threat you made is the type that would have caused the defendant to have a reasonable fear.

If you choose to take your case to trial, we offer skilled Phoenix trial lawyers who will aggressively defend your rights in the courtroom. If you do not want to fight your charges at trial, we can negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to help you keep this off of your record. If that is not possible, we can seek a plea to a lesser offense, including a non-strike offense, or we can seek an agreement on sentencing that will limit the penalties you face. With a team of former prosecutors, the skilled attorneys at the Phoenix Offices of Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC are highly adept at finding creative solutions for their clients.

Schedule a Free Consultation – Phoenix Criminal Threats Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Violent Crime such as a Terrorist Threat, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation. With a wealth of expertise, a commitment to integrity and a passion for defense, the Attorneys at Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC – Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyers – are here to support you with your case. We believe every defendant has the right to.



Criminal Defense Lawyers PLLC
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Phoenix, AZ 85008
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