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Suspect linked to series of shootings in Arizona identified, linked to six killings total

Posted: 8:56 AM, Jun 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-04 20:12:11-04
Source: Arizona homicide suspect is dead
Source: Arizona homicide suspect is dead
Source: Arizona homicide suspect is dead

The suspect in killings in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been identified as Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, and he has been linked to a man and a woman found shot to death inside a house, bringing to six the number of victims in the killing spree, Scottsdale Police Commander Richard Slavin said Monday at a news conference.

Four of the victims have connections to Jones' acrimonious separation from his wife about a decade ago, Slavin said, but police are not sure if the man and woman found dead in the house are connected to that divorce.

Jones' ex-wife and child are safe, Slavin said, and police are not sure if there are more victims to be found.

Jones died Monday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as police surrounded him, a police official said.

Detectives tracked the suspect to an Extended Stay Hotel in Scottsdale, according to Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis. As a tactical team set up to enter the room on Monday morning, shots were fired inside the room, and police found the suspect dead. No officers were injured or fired a weapon during the incident.

Police said the suspect was linked to the killings of a noted forensic psychiatrist, two paralegals and another man late last week. All the victims were shot within a 10-mile radius in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Sgt. Ben Hoster of Scottsdale Police said that the fourth victim, though found Saturday morning, died sometime Friday afternoon. All four victims were killed within about 24 hours between Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday afternoon, Hoster said. Police believe the suspect knew all the victims, he added.

 

Four homicide victims

 

One of the shooting victims was Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who was involved in several high-profile cases. He was found shot dead in Phoenix on May 31 after witnesses heard a loud argument and gunshots, officials said.

Pitt provided expertise in the investigation into the death of child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey in 1996, he served as an adviser to prosecutors on the Columbine High School shooting, and he was a consulting expert in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case, according to his website .

Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, were shot and killed at a Scottsdale law firm Friday afternoon, according to Scottsdale Police.

Both worked as paralegals at the law office of Burt, Feldman, Grenier, a family law firm. Anderson had worked there for more than 10 years, the firm said in a statement to CNN affiliate KNXV .

"Her intellect, passion and friendship has meant more to us than we can even begin to convey. She was more than a co-worker, she was a friend, a mother, grandmother, daughter and wife and gave all of herself to her family, her friends and her work," Burt, Feldman, Grenier said.

Sharp was a dedicated mother, wife and daughter, the law firm said.

"Veleria was a treasured member of our work family. She brought joy, calmness, warmth and compassion to all that she did," the firm added.

Marshall Levine, 72, was also found dead Saturday in his office at a Scottsdale mental health counseling facility. He had been shot and was found in his office by an acquaintance.

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