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Phoenix police have arrested Cleophus Cooksey, 35, following Sunday's deadly double shooting near 12th St and Camelback. (Source: MCSO, 3TV/CBS 5) Phoenix police have arrested Cleophus Cooksey, 35, following Sunday's deadly double shooting near 12th St and Camelback. (Source: MCSO, 3TV/CBS 5)
Mugshot of suspect Cleophus Cooksey, 35. (Source: MCSO) Mugshot of suspect Cleophus Cooksey, 35. (Source: MCSO)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
People said they heard gunshots from a nearby apartment and called police. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) People said they heard gunshots from a nearby apartment and called police. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Phoenix man is facing charges of first-degree murder after police discovered two people shot to death on Sunday night.

Police arrested Cleophus E. Cooksey Jr., 35, in connection to the double shooting at an apartment complex near 12th Street and Camelback Road

Officers said they were called out to the area after witnesses reported hearing gunshots just before 8 p.m.

The first officer to arrive on the scene spotted blood on the patio in front of the door, as well as on the security door.

"The officer did not see any casings or blood trail leading from the apartment, which made him believe the injured person may still be inside the apartment," according to Cooksey's court paperwork.

The officer knocked on the door until Cooksey finally answered. 

According to the probable cause for arrest statement, Cooksey told the officer that he was alone in the apartment.

The officer then asked Cooksey to step outside, which he did "but opened the door just enough for his body to fit through so the inside of the apartment was not visible" and then closed both the door and security door.

The arresting officer said Cooksey told him the blood on the patio and door was his, explaining that he had cut his hand.

"He told the officer he washed the blood off and he was better now," according to the probable cause for arrest statement.

At that point, the officer decided to detain Cooksey until he knew more about the situation.

"Cooksey became upset and began yelling, 'I'm the strongest man alive,' and 'I'll cut your throat,' and 'I control the gun.'"

Once Cooksey was detained, officers went into the apartment and discovered the bodies of a man and woman. Both had been had been shot to death.

Officers took Cooksey in for further questioning, but did not learn much.

"Cooksey stated he did not know what occurred and ultimately requested an attorney," according to his court paperwork

Cooksey, who has three violent felony convictions on his record, was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder and a weapons charge.

Department of Corrections records show that Cooksey served time for an armed robbery committed in November 2000 and manslaughter committed in January 2001. He was released on July 28, 2017.

Police said Cooksey knew the two victims and although investigators have not released their names, court paperwork indicates that they were Cooksey's parents.

During his initial court appearance late Monday morning, a cash only appearance bond was set at $1 million. Cooksey is due back in court on Dec. 22 for a status conference and then again on Dec. 27 for a preliminary hearing.

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