Man arrested for armed robbery linked to morning murder scene

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UPDATE: The following is a press release from the Phoenix Police Dept.:

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This is an update to the Armed Robbery / Stolen Vehicle Advisory from earlier today.

Subsequent to the arrest of the suspect, investigators were able to determine that he was responsible for the homicide committed at 3400 W Buckeye Rd. at approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning.

Investigators have determined that the suspect and another man were in the area and became involved in an altercation.

During the altercation, the suspect shot the victim. The victim died. The suspect fled the area.

At approximately 7:15 a.m., the same suspect committed the armed robbery of a vehicle at 3100 W Roosevelt where he threatened the victim at this location with a gun and demanded his vehicle.

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of 1100 N 37th Av. but before they could make contact, the occupants stopped at 1114 N 37th Av and went into a house.

Officers called the Phoenix Police Dept Special Assignments Unit who responded to the scene to assist.

Officers called into the house and as many as 11 occupants came out without resistance. Officers learned that the suspect was hiding inside the house and was still armed.

After several hours of negotiation, the suspect agreed to peacefully surrender. As he began to walk out, the suspect threw down his gun.

The gun accidentally discharged. No officers or others were injured by the shot. The suspect was then arrested without further incident.

Investigators were able to determine that this suspect is responsible for the homicide at 3400 W. Buckeye Rd. and the Armed Robbery of the vehicle at 3100 W Roosevelt St.

He is being booked into jail on one count each of 2nd Degree Homicide, Armed Robbery, Theft of Vehicle, and Misconduct Involving Weapons.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX - A man barricaded himself briefly inside a home after allegedly stealing a car.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning in the 3100 block of W. Roosevelt. Police say the victim opened the door at his home and was confronted by the suspect who displayed a handgun and demanded his truck.

The victim provided the keys to his silver Dodge Dakota pick-up and the suspect fled in the truck, which was located a short time later in the 1100 block of N. 37th Avenue.

Officers reportedly spoke with a number of people in and around the residence and detained them as part of the investigation. Officers realized the suspect was hiding in the house and was believed to still be armed with a handgun. The SWAT team was called out to the scene.

After several hours of negotiation, the suspect surrendered without further incident. He has not yet been booked because the investigation remains ongoing.

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