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PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities on Friday released new details about the killing of two Phoenix bail bondsmen, saying officers were swarmed by a crowd as the man they were taking into custody yelled for someone to shoot them.
A man in the crowd then moved behind the bondsmen and fatally shot both of them, police said in a probable cause statement.
The deadly shooting on Monday at an apartment complex highlighted the dangers of the bail bondman profession.
David Brickert, 37, and Wesley Kampen, 39, from Sanctuary Bail Bonds, died at the scene.
The men went to the apartment complex to take Anthony Brian Giunta, 25, into custody after he skipped out on bail and didn't show up for a hearing Monday on weapons and drug charges, according to court records.
As Giunta was being led away in handcuffs, friends and family members encircled the bondsmen, as Giunta "yelled to the crowd to shoot them," according to the probable cause filing.
Nicholas Malicki, 23, shot both at close range, allowing Giunta to escape, police said in the statement. He was arrested a few hours later.
Several witnesses, including Giunta, later identified Malicki as the shooter, the statement said.
Malicki was arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder. He's also accused of prohibited possession of a weapon.
"The defendant claims he is being framed by all the witnesses," according to the probable cause statement. "The defendant claims he is in fear for his safety and it was another Nick who committed the crime."
Malicki is being held on $750,000 bond and is set for a court appearance next Thursday.
Sanctuary Bail Bonds said in a statement the company is saddened by the loss of both employees.
"David leaves behind a beautiful family, his fiancee and two young children," the statement read. "Wesley also leaves behind his son."