2 bail bondsmen shot, killed; 1 suspect on the loose, 1 in custody

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Stella Inger

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 5:28 PM

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PHOENIX -- One person is in custody and a second is on the loose after a deadly double shooting in Phoenix.

It happened Monday evening in the neighborhood of 17th Avenue and Yucca Street, which is northeast of 19th and Peoria avenues.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department, two bail bondsmen were trying to take 25-year-old Anthony Brian Giunta into custody after he skipped on bail. A struggle broke out inside the house. Giunta eventually was handcuffed and brought outside.

That's when another man showed up and fatally shot the victims.

Guinta and the shooter fled the scene, but police say Guinta was arrested hours later.

He was being held Tuesday on suspicion of misconduct with a weapon, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Police say Giunta is being uncooperative with investigators and hasn't given any information on the suspected shooter.

A bullet grazed a woman who had been watching the situation unfold and had brought the bail bondsmen some water just moments earlier.

"The arrestee who they had gone to take custody of takes one of the weapons from the bail bondsmen and flees the area on foot, as does the shooter," Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos explained. "We have taken that arrestee into custody."

The shooter, however, remained on the loose Tuesday morning. He is described only as a white male between the ages of 25 and 35, and between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Investigators said the man in their custody has not been cooperative.

The victims have been identified as David Brickert, 37, and Wesley Kampen, 39. They both worked for Sanctuary Bail Bonds.

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Regarding the recent news of the untimely deaths of two bail bondsmen at Sanctuary Bail Bonds, a statement has been released from the management team. A donation system has also been set up in honor of the families to help cover funeral costs.

“We are saddened by the loss of two of our Sanctuary Bail Bonds family members. David leaves behind a beautiful family, his fiancé and two young children. Wesley also leaves behind his son. We will do what we can to support the family as we all go through this difficult time. We have set up a fund to help support the family and pay for funeral costs. Donations can be made at http://www.sanctuarybailbonds.com/.

Statement by: Management Team at Sanctuary Bail Bonds

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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