Sheriff's office identifies victims of Yuma shooting spreePosted: Updated:
YUMA, Ariz. -- The Yuma County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the victims of Thursday morning's 5-1/2-hour shooting spree in and around Yuma.
Authorities said Carey Hal Dyess, 73, was targeting his ex-wife, Theresa Lorraine Sigurdson, and her friends who were supportive of her in their divorce when he fatally shot her and four others before killing himself. Another woman was critically wounded in the shooting rampage.
Shortly after 5 a.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to a home near Avenue 22-1/2E and Highway 80 in Wellton, about 20 miles east of Yuma. Sigurdson's best friend, Linda Kay Clatone, 52, was found shot multiple times.
By 11:30 a.m., the sheriff's department had responded to three more homes.
Police said Dyess also killed Jerrold Shelley, his ex-wife's divorce attorney who was found dead inside his office on Second Avenue in downtown Yuma.
"There was an office assistant inside," said Yuma Chief of Police Jerry Grier. "He instructed that person to get down and that's when the shooting happened."
"It still seems unbelievable to me," said Shelley's friend of more than 20 years, Presiding Judge Andrew Gould. "Mr. Shelley was a great attorney in this community and a great man."
Scott Shelley said his dad knew being a defense attorney, handling capital murder cases could be dangerous. He also handled divorce cases and while the Dyess case was contentious, it was also wrapped up two years ago.
Shelley said he has no idea what caused Dyess to lash out Thursday, but he said he knows his father's legacy as a great father and devoted husband will live on forever.
Court records also show the 2006 divorce was Carey Dyess' fifth.
Carey Dyess also had an order of protection against a man he identified as ‘my wife's boyfriend,” who he alleged was harassing him by driving by his home every day.