FAST FACTS: What we know about Valley killing spree

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Over a period of five days, six people were found shot to death in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. Police positively linked all of the killings to each other. And as police began to close in on the suspected killer at a hotel in Scottsdale Monday morning, he opened fire on them before turning the gun on himself and killing himself. No officers were hurt. 

In a joint news conference Monday, police said they believe all of the victims were linked in some way to the killer's vendetta over a bitter divorce. 

[READ: PD: ‘We knew he was our suspect and murderer’]


Dwight Jones, 56

A possible motive

A bitter divorce and custody dispute in 2009-2010. Police said he was on a killing mission to "right some wrongs."

The six victims and how they are linked to the killer 

  • Dr. Steven Pitt, a well-known forensic psychiatrist: As part of divorce proceedings, Jones was required to be seen by Dr. Pitt. After evaluating Jones, Pitt testified in the divorce case that the "father has anxiety disorder, mood disorder and features of an anti-social, narcissistic and paranoid personality," documents said. Pitt also testified Dwight "poses a high risk to perpetrate violence toward mother, the minor child and/or himself," documents said.
  • Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson, paralegals at Burt Feldman Grenier Law Firm: During divorce proceedings, Jones' then-wife had obtained the law services of Elizabeth Feldman. Police believe Feldman was the intended target. She was not in the office on the day of the shooting. 
  • Dr Marshall Levine, life coach and hypnotherapist: Mr. Levine was leasing an office that was once the office of a psychiatrist that Jones' son had seen as part of divorce and custody proceedings. 
  • 70-year-old Mary Simmons and 72-year-old Bryon Thomas: The married couple was found dead in their home. Police say Jones and the victims, Simmons and Thomas, had a "social/recreational relationship. " Simmons and Jones met 4 to 5 years ago through tennis and would occasionally meet to play at local parks.

Tracking a killer

Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, police received a tip that the killer they were looking for could be Dwight Jones. Police immediately began investigating Jones. By mid-morning on Sunday, police began their hunt for Jones. By 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, police were actively surveilling Jones. At one point during the surveillance, they observed Jones throw a small bag into a trash can near Scottsdale Rd. and Shea Blvd. Police recovered the bag and found a .22-caliber pistol, which belonged to one of the victims killed in Fountain Hills.

In a statement, Jones' ex-wife said her current husband, a retired Phoenix Police detective, called in a tip to Phoenix Police on Saturday night.  She said followed up with a call to Scottsdale Police the next morning.

DNA and ballistics helped 

Police used ballistics testing to link the separate shooting cases together. They also pulled a DNA sample from a shell casing at the scene of the first shooting, Pitt's murder. Police got no matches when running the sample through DNA databases. However, after getting the tip on Saturday night that their suspect might be Jones, they flew a detective to Northern Arizona to get a DNA sample from a relative of Jones. Police used the DNA to get a familial match to Jones. 


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