$2M bond for suspected killer wounded in a Tonopah shootout

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The suspect, Sladjan Petkovic, was arrested in 2015 for assault. This is booking photo from that arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) The suspect, Sladjan Petkovic, was arrested in 2015 for assault. This is booking photo from that arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
The suspect, Sladjan Petkovic, was arrested in 2015 for assault. This is booking photo from that arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) The suspect, Sladjan Petkovic, was arrested in 2015 for assault. This is booking photo from that arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A man accused of killing his neighbor last November and shooting at a state trooper at a highway rest stop in Tonopah has finally had his initial court appearance.

A $2 million bond was set Monday for 36-year-old Sladjan Petkovic, who was critically wounded in a shootout with authorities and needed months of hospitalization and rehabilitation.

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Petkovic has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drive-by shooting. He doesn't have a lawyer yet.

Phoenix police say Petkovic fatally shot his neighbor, Steven Arvallo, on Nov. 27 over an ongoing dispute.

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Early the following morning, authorities say Petkovic was spotted at a Tonopah rest area.

Petkovic and an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper exchanged gunfire and authorities say a shootout ensued with more than 300 rounds fired.


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