UPDATE:2 teen boys charged in killing of corrections officer

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 21 at 2:49 PM

Buckeye boys arrested
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UPDATE on 10/30: Two teenagers will be tried as adults for the murder of an Arizona corrections officer.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has indicted 16-year-old Felix Vasquez and 15-year-old Benjamin Cannon for first degree in the death of Officer Gerrard.

According to police, one of the teens laid down in the middle of the road and when Gerrard stopped to help the other teen shot him in the chest.

There are conflicting reports over who actually fired the gun, but both will be tried as adults.

UPDATE - Buckeye police have made arrests in the murder of Department of Corrections Officer Bradley Gerrard.

Buckeye Police have arrested 2 teenage boys, 15 and 16 years old.

Police believe that the teens carjacked Gerrard as a crime of opportunity and then burned the vehicle.

A Police K-9 unit was able to find the alleged murder weapon - located a mile from the burned remains of the vehicle.

The arrests were made late last night.

Police believe the two teens are the only two to be involved in the crime, but the investigation is continuing.

Police Chief Mark Mann said several Arizona Department of Corrections canine tracking teams successfully located additional physical evidence that led to the arrest of the two juveniles within days of Gerrard's murder.

Part of this evidence included a gun that is identical in characteristics to the murder weapon.Scientific analysis is continuing on the gun and other items of evidence.

ORIGINAL - BUCKEYE - Buckeye police are asking for the public's help to find the suspects involved in the shooting death of a state corrections officer.

Police found Bradley Gerrard, 28, dead near Tartesso Boulevard and Bruner Road in Buckeye shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Police said he had suffered a gunshot wound at close range.

The victim is a resident of the Tartesso Residential Community and was discovered in the street near his home.

He leaves behind a pregnant wife and child.

Buckeye Police Lt Phil Harris said the victim had a family member coming to stay at his home from out of town. He went to Walmart at about 11:00 p.m. Saturday night to buy an air matress for them to sleep on.

Buckeye Police and Fire recieved a call of a car fire two miles from the victim's home. As fire and police were responding, a second call came to them by a person reporting a body in the roadway and an air mattress.

They found Gerrad's partially burned car around 4 a.m. several miles from his dead body.

Gerrad was a corrections officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections since 2004 assigned to the Lewis Prison Complex.

At this time police said it does not appear the murder has anything to do with his career.

Harris said they have investigative leads and are not speculating on motive.

If you have any information that could help police you are asked to contact the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400.

The Department of Corrections is assisting the Buckeye Police Department with this case.

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