PD: Suspects in maintenance worker's homicide were fleeing prior shooting

Douglas Elliott

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 12:12 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police believe an apartment complex maintenance worker who was killed while on duty was confronting three suspects who were fleeing from a separate shooting incident.

Douglas Elliott, 50, of Peoria, was shot in the parking lot of the complex near 65th Avenue and Bethany Home Road on Dec. 3. He died at a local hospital.

Police arrested Theodore Montgomery, 18, and a 15-year-old boy three days later. Both face felony charges, including first-degree murder.

Detectives believe Montgomery, the juvenile and an outstanding suspect were involved in an altercation in the complex, which escalated into a shooting of an adult male, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden.

In the course of the investigation, that victim was identified and interviewed. The victim sustained a gunshot wound, which was not life-threatening.

After the shooting, the three suspects fled on foot through the complex. While they were attempting to flee, Elliot confronted them, according to police.

Breeden said police believe the suspects shot Elliot before fleeing the scene in a black Cadillac sedan.

Investigators have positively identified the outstanding suspect and are currently following up on leads related to that person.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3399 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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