PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police say a 30-year-old Phoenix man has admitted killing his wife, two of his young daughters, and another man, all because he believed his wife was having an affair. Police say he also shot and injured two other people. 

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Austin Smith faces four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault. A judge on Friday set a $2 million cash-only bond for him.

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The violence happened at two separate crime scenes.

The first scene was at Smith's home near 71st Avenue and Camelback Road.

There, officers found a woman and two little girls dead inside the home.

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The victims include the suspect's 29-year-old wife, Dasia Patterson and two of his daughters, 5-year-old Nasha Smith and 7-year-old Mayan Smith.

Patterson and Nasha died from gunshot wounds, according to Phoenix police. Police say Mayan died from blunt force trauma. 

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Smith later told police he confronted his wife after she arrived home from a local bar. According to the police report, she denied the affair, but Smith shot her anyway "because he believed God told him to do so."

The police report states that Smith shot his 5-year-old daughter because she had "exhibited bad behavior he deemed against God's laws."

Police say Smith's 7-year-old daughter was crying over what happened, and Smith "believed you should not weep for the wicked, so he punched her in the face several times with a closed fist" and then eventually hit her in the head multiple times with a baseball bat.

Police also found the couple's 3-year-old daughter hiding under the bed. She was not harmed. 

According to the police report, Smith did not kill his youngest daughter "because she reminded him of himself." He said his "other two daughters reminded him of his wife whom he considered wicked in the eyes of God."

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Smith said he then went to the apartment where his brother was staying, near 67th Avenue and Indian School Road.

He first approached a family friend who was at the apartment. Smith "confronted this victim with the belief Austin's brother was cheating with Austin's wife," according to the police report.

The report goes on to say that the man "told Austin he was crazy and Austin shot him numerous times with a handgun."

Police say Smith then reloaded his gun "and shot this victim several more times as the victim lay on the ground."

Smith then went to his car and came back with a rifle, police said.

When Smith returned to the apartment, he saw several friends of the family trying to help the male victim. He considered these people co-conspirators with his wife and he shot at them with the rifle."

Police say Smith continued to fire the rifle and his handgun. "He claimed it was God who told him to shoot these people," according to the police report.

Police say 46-year-old Ron Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other people were found shot and injured at that same scene. A 47-year-old woman was found in critical condition. A 33-year-old man was also found shot, but his injuries are not life-threatening. 

Smith was taken into custody without incident a short time later.

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Police said Smith later admitted to the crimes.

“During the course of that interview, he said that the reason he shot these individuals is because in God’s eyes it was all right for him to, to deal with someone in this manner,” Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department explained.

[WATCH: Officers escorted Austin Smith to Maricopa County Jail Friday]

Neighbors who wished to remain anonymous told us the family seemed peaceful.

“Never any domestic violence,no cops coming all the time, nothing like that. It was just like a regular family."

"It's stuck in my head. They didn't deserve what happened to them."


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(51) comments


Any religion that promotes or condones violence, is not the true religion from God's viewpoint. Just as any religion that condones homosexuality, same sex marriage, etc. , is not the true religion from God's viewpoint. Gods standards are clearly outlined in the Bible and mankind does not have the right to go outside those boundaries. God does not change his standards for us we need to change ours for him.


And as fewer people realize this the more danger this country is in. By the way, God did not condemn capital punishment for murderers, he said to send them to him and he would take care of them.


That pesky god is such a crack up! When he gets bored I think he tells people to do bizarre stuff just to see if they'll really do it. He's laughing his butt off right now going "holy sh.t I didn't think the dude would really do it!" What a jokester!


God never told him to shoot anyone. Maybe your god (Satan) may well have.


God did not tell anyone to do any "bizarre" stuff. Your god (Satan) however does.


Husband looks black but I believe there’s something else in the woodpile.


He looks like he has Ethiopian facial features possibly Ethiopian and Arab.


Which BBC do you like, Daddy? Ethiopian or Arab?




Who gives a shitt? Does it matter? I guess it would to a bigoted person like yourself.


I accept your comment. I’m not afraid to be called names, however I mentioned the way he looked to try to determine which god was talking to him.


So I guess he will understand when we tell him "God" told us to execute him.


Just because you hear a voice in your head doesn't mean it's always 'God' .... such hateful people on here... must be trumptards lol


From your comment, you must be a libtard!


Your snowflake melting a bit?


Is that all you say? "snowflake" this and that? Weak.


The perp said god told him to do the deed. I read it in the article.

Wayne kenoff

So he shot the family friend because the friend told him he is crazy? Meanwhile his brother is the who was piping his wife? This whole situation is f***** up


Put a needle in his arm. The sooner, the better.


"According to police, the suspect said the reason he shot six people was "because in God’s eyes, it was alright for him to, to deal with someone in this manner,” Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department explained.". So this is how Sgt. Thomson "explained" what the suspect said. It'd be nice to have the actual quote and wordage from the suspect. Did he actually say God or did he say Allah or did he say some other good? Last night's article said the suspect told police that his religion allows him to kill his wife for this type of thing, the cheating. So what is "his religion" that allows this type of 'punishment' to happen to a woman for cheating? Who is attempting to be politically 'correct' by using different words than what the suspected murderer used, is it Sgt. Thomson or is it the reporter who authored this article?


*Correction: ...some other god

Mark G

It doesn’t really matter the religion. Seems to me that anybody who would do what he did is quoting a Bible to do evil unto others. And this is common enough these days with rampant lawlessness being what it is. For example?

Leviticus 20:10 prescribes capital punishment for adultery between a man and married woman: “And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

Conveniently forgetting (of course).. “Thou Shalt Not Kill” ..God. ..not to mention that the Bible is littered with instruction that only God Himself is responsible for passing judgement and doling out punishment.

You hear So called “Christians” quote the Bible all the time to explain away their evil actions. Doesn’t negate - fundamentally, that they are doing Evil in God’s eyes though.

So, it doesn’t matter the religion. Outside of (for example) Satan Worship - which seems based in an antithesis of humanity and reason where all actions are neither good nor bad but are weighed logically, and retribution would be coldly metered devoid of either sympathy or compassion, All religions - All Of Them prioritize a person doing, and being good.

Good is Good and Evil is Evil and what this man did is obviously Evil.

Whatever this guy blames for that evil, to try and explain away his own culpability, is just the garden variety mental gymnastics a person will engage in to more comfortably live in their own skin after (or as) they do evil things.


Mark - It does matter if people are trying to cover for or distract attention from a specific religion. Accuracy does matter.


Support government funded incentives for sterilization. Let's start paying people to NOT have children instead of rewarding them to breed irresponsibly. Any money spent on such an incentive program would be returned to us in spades (oops, poor choice of words...)




Your a f*****g idiot


Another Black guy committing another mass shooting. Mass shootings are unfortunately a regular occurrence in the Black community.


You must be kidding. Show your shitt-covered stats you pulled freshly out of your @ss.


Wrong. The vast majority of mass murders are committed by whites. Ignoramus.


Ladies, ladies, ladies you've got to stop cheating. It leads to nothing but bad things always and every time. Just control yourselves and be faithful and loyal to your family. Guys, guys, guys you've got to learn to dump them and walk away when they cheat. Stop thinking you need them or that you need to kill them. Niether of these thoughts are good. Do not do any harm to them but instead dump them immediately and leave them in the mess they made while you march forward into your new life. Never take her back no matter what.


Wow, you'll never be in a decent relationship. You know, I watched Rocky again today, because it was on cable, and being from Philly, I couldn't resist. Here's some PUA shitt: Get a girl that's shy. Go ice skating. Take her back to your shitpad. Block the door. *BOOM*-- instant marriage!


Just as I thought - some kind of religious fanatic. Looking forward to finding out the identities of the perp and his victims. Sad story - but if it wasn't this, I'm sure the man would have killed his family for some other reason.


I have to drive thru these neighborhoods sometimes twice a day and I literally fear for my life.

Wayne kenoff

jejen2005, a little dramatic, wouldn’t you say?


jenjen - That's a realistic and healthy fear the have in that area.


Then you are an idiot. There are many ways to avoid "the area" and you always have options. Did you forget this is the USA and you are allowed to use your mind here without being shot? Pull up your pull ups and get the AC checked so your snowflake doesn't melt.


Good lord. How white are you? FFS.


Soooooooo where is the story about the big shooting in Ahwatukee? Its nowhere to be found on this site.


It has been on here. They just put up a new post.


you're too stupid to look.




How do you stop it? You'd almost have to declare martial law from the time high school gets out until about 3am, south from 35th ave and Bethany Home thru Tucson and Sierra Vista and west to Los Angeles...but that's easy to say when I don't have to live there.


Tijuana Norte...


Maryvale... Little Cartel Mexico. We should consider building a wall around that whole area.


For what, exactly? Would Maryvale-American Citizens have to cross a border every day to get to and from work? Would Arizona-American Citizens have to cross a border when they are taking Indian School east to get to work downtown every day? I can understand your racist sentiment, but I am just wondering about the logistics of it all.... How would it work? Can you provide a pitch with ample planning and get back to me? Thx baby girl


I think you are assuming we wanted them to cross your "border". Build the wall around it. leave em in it to do to each other what they want. Give it a few years, then when they are all gone, tear it down, and turn it into a nice big park


Pay no attention to MAGA moia, he's blowing smoke.


You get to avoid Maryvale so your life being saved by a gun firing road rage nuts is thought to weigh more in your favor than your having to take a different way east. As for people coming and going out of Maryvale, you’re missing the point. The idea is no one gets to leave Maryvale, and of you want to enter you can, but then you get to not leave also. It’s not about race. It’s about building a wall around the majority of crime as per the valkey’s crime map.


Maryvale is easily the biggest stain on the Valley. I-10, between 101 and I-17 up to Peoria is just a murdering, bullet riddeled h3ll hole. Don’t lump all the West Valley in with Maryvale. Surprise is by far the safest, quietest city in the whole valley along with one of the lowest rates of crime. I live there and feel very fortunate that I do. The East Valley has its share of nuts, but as the valley crime map shows, Maryvale should be annexed like the did with Manhattan in the movie, Escape From New York.

Wayne kenoff

Is that in the jungles? It’s hard to tell from that picture.


According to his mugshot, yes it is the jungle

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