Cabbie, passenger arrested in homicide

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AVONDALE, Ariz. – Police arrested a taxicab driver and his passenger after they allegedly were involved in a fight that left a Buckeye man dead.

According to Detective Reuben Gonzales with the Avondale Police Department, James Fournier, 57, was left unconscious and unresponsive in a shopping center parking lot near Dysart Road and Van Buren Street late Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses told police that Fournier got into an altercation with taxi driver Gary Mayo, 45, and Shawn King, 47, after Fournier's wife honked at the cab as it was about to back into her SUV. The couple's 3-year-old grandson was also in the vehicle.

Gonzales said the three men got out of their vehicles and exchanged words then Mayo and King began assaulting Fournier.

During the fight, Fournier collapsed and witnesses said Mayo kicked him in the head while he was on the ground.

Mayo and King fled the scene in the taxi.

Officers at the scene attempted life-saving measures until Avondale fire crews arrived. Fournier was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police located the taxicab using the GPS system and took Mayo into custody near Van Buren Street and 107th Avenue. King was taken into custody a short time later.

Mayo, of Peoria, was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail for first-degree murder. King, of Avondale, was booked for second-degree murder.

The investigation is still ongoing.