Suspect arrested in deadly shooting of Phoenix College coach

Justin McMahan

Credit: Peoria Police Department

Justin McMahan was arrested in the deadly shooting of Phoenix College's head football coach.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 8:31 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Peoria police arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of Phoenix College's head football coach.

Detectives arrested Justin McMahan, 30, on Wednesday and booked him for first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

Police said Land Jacobsen, 59, was shot at his home near 92nd Lane and Deer Valley Road on July 17 during a meeting he and McMahan had scheduled.

Jacobsen was able to call for help and emergency crews transported him to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jacobsen died from his injuries Tuesday night.

According to a statement posted on Phoenix College's Facebook page, Jacobsen was set to begin his fifth season as head coach of the Phoenix College football team. During his tenure, he helped many players move on to four-year institutions and led Phoenix College to its first winning season and bowl appearance in more than 20 years.

According to information on Phoenix College's website, Jacobsen was the head coach at Scottsdale Community College from 1993 to 1995.