Suspect arrested after gun battle in Chandler


by Catherine Holland

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 6:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 21 at 10:19 AM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Police have arrested a suspect after a deadly gun battle that stemmed from a fight at a popular Chandler bar June 11.

It happened at about 2 a.m. at Draft House near Arizona Avenue and Warner Road.

It all started with a fight inside the bar that then spilled out into the parking. The Chandler police were called in to break it up.

At some point, at least two of the people involved in the situation left the scene. A short time later, there was a gun battle about two miles away on Warner Road between Alma School and Dobson roads.

One person was killed. That man has been identified as Jason Hambrick. He was in a car with another man. David Lee King Jr. was able to drive back to the bar and tell the police, who were still there, that he and Hambrick had been shot.

Hambrick, 29, had been hit in the neck and was pronounced dead right there in the parking lot. King was wounded in the hip. He is in the hospital.

Hambrick's father had heard his son had been involved in a fight, but he didn't get the news about his son's death until he arrived on the scene.

"I got out of the car and that's when [the officer] gave me the news that Jason has been shot, that he was dead," James Hambrick said. "I couldn't stand up. My legs just got weak. As most parents, I just started crying and asking why. Why did it have to happen? Why did a fist-fight have to end in a gun battle?"

The owner of Draft House, Steve Cook, said Hambrick was a regular customer.

It's not known what sparked the fight.

On June 17, Marlon Mask, 34, was arrested at Seventh Street and Interstate 17 in Phoenix. He was booked on charges of first-degree murder, misconduct involving weapons, unlawful discharge of a weapon, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting.