Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Scottsdale police surround suspect possibly connected to recent shootings

Scottsdale police surround suspect possibly connected to recent shootings

Dwight Jones, 56, shot himself Monday morning, hours after allegedly killing his fifth and six victims, police said. "I can not express the emotions I feel for the innocent families touched by this senseless violence", she said.

After receiving Connie Jones' tip, police began attempting to locate him, and after identifying him driving a gold Mercedes, police kept track of Jones between the afternoon and night of June 3. No officers were hurt or fired their own weapons, Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said.

As police closed in, a man suspected of gunning down four people last week shot himself to death Monday, and authorities said they have linked him to two other slayings beyond those of a prominent psychiatrist, two paralegals and a marriage-and-divorce counselor. Tragically, some of their connections to the divorce were tenuous.

Ballistic evidence collected at both crime scenes confirmed that the same weapon was used to kill Pitt, Sharp and Anderson.

Jones' DNA was found on one of spent casings.

Police said one of the women was shot in the head.

The tony Phoenix suburb has little violent crime, so a bunched grouping of murders is rare.

Slavin also said that police believe Jones visited the Scottsdale law office with the intent of killing Feldman.

Police also believed Jones was at a residence in the area of Golden Eagle Boulevard and Paradox Drive in Fountain Hills between noon and 1:30 p.m. that day.

Steve Silverman, an insurance-claim lawyer, does not know any of the victims, but he has been on edge for a few days.

She and her new husband, a retired Phoenix police detective, had warned police about her ex-spouse's possible involvement in the killings after recognising the links between the victims. Levine wasn't involved in Jones' divorce, but he was subletting office space from a psychiatrist who had treated Jones' son during the court proceedings, police said. Jones had been arrested on domestic violence charges in 2009 or 2010, he said. Those victims have not been identified and they have not been connected by ballistics to the first four killings.

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

Sharp had been observed running from her place of employment, the law offices of Burt, Feldman and Grenier, with blood coming from her face and collapsed after crossing the street. She was a dedicated mother, wife and daughter.

Jones' death on Monday ended a multiday mass murder that gripped many people in the legal and health care fields with fear, and which rivals some of the worst massacres in Phoenix history. Anderson was described as a grandmother and mother with intellect and passion.

He was remembered as a perfectionist in his work on major cases and a loving man who doted on his fiancée and family members. "She brought joy, calmness, warmth and compassion to all that she did", the firm added. At that point, police made their way into the home and found another woman who was shot.

The fifth and sixth victims have not been identified.

"This is not a success story, but it's a story that has closure", Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said. Bryon Thomas, 72, and 70-year-old Mary Simmons were found dead in a home in nearby Fountain Hills, according to local reports. Officers retrieved the package and found a.22-caliber pistol, he said.

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