Family of murdered cab driver speaks out

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 20 at 5:46 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police have arrested a woman who allegedly shot and killed a cab driver outside a Phoenix apartment complex early Friday morning.

It happened at about 6 a.m. in the area of 27th and Myrtle avenues. Myrtle Avenue is just north of Glendale Avenue.

According to police, Brian Mann, possibly twice, in the neck. Mann, 37, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing the woman walk away from the cab and into the nearby Highland Park Apartments just after the shooting.

Investigators said those witnesses saw the green Discount Cab taxi pulling out of the apartment complex.

"As the witnesses are approaching the vehicle, the taxi stops, the driver's door opens and the driver falls out on to the ground," said Detective James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department. "At the same time, a black female exits the taxi from the rear and starts walking calmly into the Highland Park apartment complex."

One of the witnesses went to help Mann while the other started to follow the woman, now identified as Corletha Sherie Davis. Believing Davis to be armed, that witness backed off when she reached into her waistband. Davis then ran into the apartment complex.

Police set up an extensive perimeter and were using K-9 units to search for Davis. SWAT was called to the scene. Officers took Davis, 33, into custody shortly before 9:30 a.m., more than three hours after the shooting. Davis was in an apartment with her boyfriend, who was also taken into custody.

According to detectives, search of that apartment turned up evidence linking Davis to the shooting of Mann.

Police said Mann had picked up Davis at a convenience store in the area of 19th and Glendale avenues and took her to the apartment complex where the shooting took place.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

Davis was booked into Maricopa County jail. She is facing a charge of second-degree murder.

Discount Cab released a statement shortly after police arrested Davis.

"We are saddened by the loss of one of our independent contractors this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of our driver.
 
"Discount Cab works hard to ensure the safety of all its drivers and passengers. We are working closely with the Phoenix Police Department to provide any information that will help them in their ongoing investigation.
 
"Given the Phoenix Police Department's open and ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time."

Mann, who would have celebrated his birthday Saturday, had only been driving a cab for a few months. He leaves behind a 5-year-old son.

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. The account number of the Phoenix Cab Driver Memorial Fund is 2706105109.

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