Arrest made in 2009 gang shooting that killed bystander

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man sought in a 2009 gang-related Phoenix shooting in which a passer-by was killed has been arrested.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Cameron Leezell Taylor, 26, was taken into custody Thursday evening at an apartment complex in Phoenix.

The Marshals Service says Taylor was sought for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on allegations of attempted murder, aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a criminal street gang and a drive-by shooting.

The service says Gilbert Leon, 54, was struck by a stray bullet from gang-related gunfire as he returned home from visiting family members.

Taylor, a member of the Vista Bloods gang, was added to the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted list in June.

"Cameron Taylor is the reason a national 15 Most Wanted list was created by the U.S. Marshals Service," said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona said at the time. "Taylor's contempt for social values and human life has resulted in him now being one of America’s most wanted fugitives."

While Taylor eluded capture for years, police arrested another gang member involved in the deadly shooting two months after it happened. On My 206, 2009, police pulled Arkeem Coleman, then 17, out of an attic where he had been hiding and arrested him in connection with Leon's death.

Coleman was later indicted on 12 felony counts, including first-degree murder.