Family of murder victim files claim against Maricopa, others

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The family of a man shot to death in his Phoenix condominium has filed a notice of claim against the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and three local police agencies, claiming those agencies should have done more to keep a dangerous man off the streets.

Father and businessman Bruce Gaudet was killed in his condo near 16th Street and Maryland.

The condominium was set on fire to try and cover up the crime.

Suspect Michael Crane was arrested in February in connection with Gaudet's death and charged with first-degree murder.

Two months prior, Crane had been arrested on Dec. 6, after squatting in a home. He was allegedly found with a rifle, drugs and stolen property.

"He was in jail six days," said attorney Amy Pokora, who is representing Gaudet's three daughters. "It's our understanding that no charges were brought and then on December 12 he was released."

In between his release from jail and Gaudet's murder, Crane allegedly threatened a family member in Mesa  and was suspected of a burglary in Scottsdale.

Neither agency detained Crane for those alleged crimes and Pokora's law firm was retained by the family to find out why.

"They were grossly negligent in allowing a dangerous individual to be on the streets," said Pokora.

The notice of claim targets the Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale police departments and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

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