Tempe police search for homicide suspect


by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Erika Flores

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 2:51 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police are searching for a man who they say shot and killed someone at an apartment complex early Saturday morning.

The complex is at Southern Avenue and Rural Road.

The suspect is 28-year-old Richard Tyrone Johnson. Police said he is driving a 1996 gold Cadillac with Arizona license plate AHB-2105. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Johnson shot and killed a 30-year-old man just before 1 a.m. at 3409 S Rural Rd., according to Sgt. Steve Carbajal with the Tempe Police Dept.

"It was quick. It was like pow, pow, pow, pow. Very rapid. Like, he didn't even try to take his hand off the trigger," said a witness who didn't want to be identified for fear of retaliation.

He said the 30-year-old man had been calling Johnson all day, asking where his girlfriend was.

"We just heard her screaming. At first I thought it was her that was shot," the witness said. "Once I got to the end of the staircase, that's when I seen the dude on the ground."

Anyone with information on this incident or Johnson’s current whereabouts should contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 (480-WITNESS).

Police have not released the victim's name.


Suspect in fatal Tempe shooting at large

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Police are searching for a man they say shot and killed another at an apartment complex in Tempe.

Sgt. Steve Carbajal says 28-year-old Richard Tyrone Johnson has been identified as the shooter in an incident Saturday around 1 a.m. on Rural Road.

Carbajal says officers responding to reports of a shooting found a wounded 30-year-old man.

He says the victim died as a result of his injuries.

The victim's identity is not being released pending family notification.

Johnson fled the scene in a 1996 gold Cadillac with the license plate AHB-2105. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

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