PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A man is in the Maricopa County Jail, accused of murdering his ex-wife’s boyfriend. Though it’s not a love triangle, the shooting had neighbors both confused and surprised.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. in the neighborhood southeast of 35th and Glendale avenues, not far from Ocotillo Elementary School. The area was full of cars. “I think everyone was just more kind of shocked, a little shooken (sic) up that something like that would happen so close to home,” said neighbor Jacob Polley, who heard much of what was going on. “All my neighbors came out. Everyone was trying to figure out what was going on.”

Ngon Trung Truong

Police say 47-year-old Ngon Truong, or Tom (as neighbors call him), pulled the trigger on a 24-year-old man who was dating his ex-wife. Phoenix Police say Truong and his ex-wife were arguing loudly in the street when the victim stepped in and told Truong not to yell at her.

“It sounds like there’s still a family connection there and she has now started a relationship with the victim,” said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Department.

The police report says Truong pulled a gun out of his truck and shot the other man. “Someone got loaded into an ambulance; the ambulance left pretty quick. And it looked like someone got taken into one of the police vehicles,” Polley said.

The victim later died at the hospital. In the meantime, Truong took off but later returned to the scene and admitted to detectives that he shot the man.

“We couldn’t believe it. We just couldn’t believe it,” said Olivia Rangel, who lives across the street from the home where the shooting happened. “I mean [Truong] ’s not that type of guy. He’s a very positive guy.”

Suspect in deadly west Phoenix shooting in custody, police say

Police say 47-year-old Ngon Truong, or Tom (as neighbors call him), pulled the trigger on a 24-year-old man who was dating his ex-wife. Phoenix Police say Truong and his ex-wife were arguing loudly in the street when the victim stepped in and told Truong not to yell at her.

“It sounds like there’s still a family connection there and she has now started a relationship with the victim,” said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Department.

The police report says Truong pulled a gun out of his truck and shot the other man. “Someone got loaded into an ambulance; the ambulance left pretty quick. And it looked like someone got taken into one of the police vehicles,” Polley said.

The victim later died at the hospital. In the meantime, Truong took off but later returned to the scene and admitted to detectives that he shot the man.

“We couldn’t believe it. We just couldn’t believe it,” said Olivia Rangel, who lives across the street from the home where the shooting happened. “I mean [Truong] ’s not that type of guy. He’s a very positive guy.”

Rangel has hired Truong as a handyman several times. Though the woman told police Truong was her ex-husband, Rangel wasn’t even aware there had been a divorce because the two still shared a home. They have two kids together.

“There’s still a relationship between them if they still have children, and so again that adds to a little bit of the tension between people when they start new relationships,” Fortune said.

Truong claimed there was a struggle with the victim, but detectives say the evidence points to murder – not to self-defense. Truong is in jail on one count of second-degree murder.


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