Tempe drug deal led to Sky Harbor shutdown

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A drug deal that ended with one man getting shot led to the lockdown of Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor Airport on Thursday afternoon, disrupting the travel plans for thousands of people. By Mike Gertzman A drug deal that ended with one man getting shot led to the lockdown of Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor Airport on Thursday afternoon, disrupting the travel plans for thousands of people. By Mike Gertzman
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Layron-Dejarnette, 25;  Louis Clark, 25; Rosetta-Salazar, 18 By Mike Gertzman Layron-Dejarnette, 25; Louis Clark, 25; Rosetta-Salazar, 18 By Mike Gertzman
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A drug deal that ended with one man getting shot led to the lockdown of Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor Airport on Thursday afternoon, disrupting the travel plans for thousands of people.

The suspects in the case have been identified as 25-year-old Layron Dejarnette, 25-year-old Louis Anthony Clark and 18-year-old Rosetta Salazar.

They are each facing multiple charges and were transferred from Tempe to the Maricopa County Jail on Friday morning.

As they were being taken into jail Dejarnette said, "We didn't want to get Mike Brown'd," a reference to the controversial police shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri last month. "We're black and we didn't want to get shot by no white cop," said Dejarnette.

Clark said, "Some tweaker tried to rob us."

It was the three-hour-long search for Dejarnette which caused all the chaos at Sky Harbor Airport.

Dejarnette was eventually located in a stairwell during a search of the parking garage and taken into custody.

While in route to the shooting scene, patrol officers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a stop. The driver fled from police leading to a pursuit which ended at Sky Harbor.

Two of the suspects, Clark and Salazar were located and taken into custody by police shortly after arriving at the airport.

Dejarnette attempted to hide from police causing a lockdown of Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor.

The disruption caused 25 flights to be canceled and numerous flights were delayed.

Lt. Pooley said the suspects went to the gas station to conduct a drug deal with the shooting victim.

While at the gas station, the victim got into the vehicle to complete the deal when someone pulled a gun and fired.

The victim was able to get out of the vehicle and run to an adjacent apartment complex where he was located by police.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and is expected to live.

The suspects are facing the following charges:
 
Layron Dejarnette:

  • Conspiracy to commit sale/transportation of Marijuana
  • Unlawful flight from police
  • Reckless Driving

Louis Anthony Clark:

  • Conspiracy to commit sale/transportation of Marijuana
  • Two counts of Aggravated Assault
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Possession of Weapon by Prohibited Possessor
  • Discharge Firearm in City
  • Tampering with Evidence

Rosetta Salazar

  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Conspiracy to commit sale/transportation of Marijuana
  • Use of Electronic communication to facilitate drug related transactions

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