Teens confess to DOC officer's death, facing 1st-degree murder

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UPDATE - BUCKEYE - Two Buckeye teens have been charged with the murder of a local department of corrections officer.

Buckeye boys confess to crime

Sixteen-year old Benjamine Cannon and 15-year old year old Felix Vasquez allegedly lured Officer Bradley Gerrard out of his car, shot and killed him and then took off in his car last weekend.

It happened in the Tartesso neighborhood near Tartesso Boulvard and Bruner Road.

The car was found several miles from the scene and it was partially burned.

Police say both Cannon and Vasquez admitted to the crime, however, each says the other pulled the trigger.

Officer Gerrard left behind a pregnant wife and anotherchild.

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.