County attorney on freeway shooting suspect case: 'People can feel safe'

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

"People can feel safe that we got the person most responsible."

That word today from Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on the Valley's notorious Interstate 10 shooter case and the arrest of 21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. in connection with four of the 11 freeway shootings.

Merritt, who is facing 15 felony counts, is scheduled to be in court Thursday morning for an arraignment.

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"I think the public can rest easy," Montgomery said.  "It appears to be the person who initiated what was going on at the time. We haven't had any incidents since then."

[RAW VIDEO: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talks about freeway shootings case]

Merritt's defense attorney has posted on social media that his client plans to plead not guilty.

Merritt is facing charges in connection with the first four freeway shootings that took place in late August.

A total of 11 shooting incidents were identified by Department of Public Safety investigators.

[INFOGRAPHIC: Freeway shootings by date]

DPS spokesman Bart Graves told me today the remaining seven incidents, the ones that are not linked to Merritt, are still actively under investigation.

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