BOUSE, AZ – Arizona Department of Public Safety officials recently confirmed that three suspects linked to a Nevada homicide were fired upon by a DPS trooper and sergeant following a highway chase that ended in the suspect’s vehicle rolling over.
Las Vegas | Nevada homicide suspects involved in shooting with DPS in western Arizona https://t.co/TlbfObKZH4
— Phillip Misner (@epmccom) November 28, 2020
The three suspects involved in the incident were identified as 30-year-old Shawn McDonnell, 28-year-old Christopher McDonnell, and 25-year-old Kayleigh Lewis.
From what officials have revealed thus far, the trio of suspects was allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting at a 7-Eleven outside of Henderson, Nevada on the morning of November 26.
Said incident resulted in one person killed and four others wounded from the shooting.
Investigators linked to the investigation of the 7-Eleven shooting say that it appears the suspects involved were indiscriminately firing at people.
3 people involved in deadly Nevada drive-by shootings caught in Arizonahttps://t.co/Qx6LPZqfzH
— Kenneth Howard (@ScannedOne) November 28, 2020
Later that day, authorities in Parker, Arizona were notified of several incidents involving occupants in a dark-colored vehicle shooting at vehicles along State Route 95.
Officials say that the vehicle description from the Henderson, Nevada incident matched up with the shootings that transpired in Parker, Arizona.
While a DPS trooper was heading east along State Route 72 near Bouse, he spotted the suspect vehicle and began pursuing.
While the trooper was in pursuit, the suspect vehicle had reportedly veered off the roadway and rolled over.
A sergeant had responded to the scene to assist the trooper in conducting what was referred to as a “high risk” stop, and the two reportedly issued commands for the suspects to exit the rolled-over vehicle.
McDonnell allegedly produced a firearm and pointed it at the trooper and sergeant. The two then opened fire on the suspect, non-fatally wounding him.
Thereafter, the trooper and sergeant were able to close in on the vehicle and extract the three suspects.
All three suspects were later transferred to a local hospital. McDonnell was treated for the gunshot wounds, and the other two receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the rollover.
Since the incident, reportedly Lewis was the only one released from the hospital and has been booked into the La Paz County Jail.
The remaining suspects involved will be booked into jail upon release from the hospital.
There is no word on how the alleged state-crossing crime spree will be handled in terms of charges rendered by the respective police agencies and jurisdictions involved.
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Watch: Arizona DPS releases footage of 17-year-old who ambushed and tried to murder trooper
October 21, 2020
PHOENIX, AZ – The Arizona Department of Public Safety has recently released the video footage related the officer-involved shooting that took place on September 17th of 2020, where 17-year-old Luis German Espinoza Acuna was said to have opened fire on a state trooper in an “ambush” styled attack.
A Blue Alert went out this morning in the Phoenix-area after a car pulled up next to @Arizona_DPS troopers and opened fire.
What's a Blue Alert? Issued when a suspect who injured or killed a law enforcement officer might pose a threat to the community.https://t.co/xUO1UwFcQb
— Melissa Egan (@_MelissaEgan) September 17, 2020
We’re now able to get a better understanding of what happened on September 17th when Acuna was said to have opened fire on a DPS trooper that was inside of an unmarked vehicle during that morning. However, what still is not clear is the motivation in all of this.
According to the revealed footage, Acuna had met up with the driver of the silver Infiniti on the morning of September 17th in separate vehicles outside of an auto glass shop in Phoenix.
Acuna had been driving a red sedan, and the two vehicles pulled up to the auto glass shop, with the driver of the silver Infiniti going into the passenger seat of Acuna’s red sedan.
The two produced some weapons from inside of the sedan, one of which would be the one later used in the crime that morning.
The duo had talked for roughly 20 or so minutes, with Acuna then leaving behind the red sedan and going into the silver Infiniti where the driver headed to 37th Avenue and Portland St.
.@Arizona_DPS still on the search for the driver in a suspect vehicle involved in shooting. 17yo Luis Acuña is arrested, accused of shooting at a trooper w/ an AK-47. Suspect car is described as silver 2013 Infiniti G37. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/2rvlAUYhpj
— Justin Lum (@jlumfox10) September 18, 2020
The place that the driver made his way to is where the DPS troopers were already stationed while investigating a matter unrelated to Acuna or the driver of the silver Infiniti.
The trooper that was later fired upon by the suspect happened to be parked outside of the suspect’s home.
While that was merely coincidental, it’s unclear if the presence of the unmarked trooper’s vehicle positioned outside of Acuna’s home was what motivated the shooting.
The silver Infiniti then stopped the vehicle near where the trooper’s unmarked vehicle was parked, and the trooper assumed that maybe he was blocking a driveway. So he began backing up his unmarked car.
Acuna then exited the passenger door of the silver Infiniti while simultaneously trying to conceal the gun in his hand. Acuna is then said to open fire on the trooper, nearly striking him in the process.
Bullets from the suspect’s weapon wound up striking the trooper’s vehicle.
The trooper returned fire, resulting in Acuna retreating and dropping his weapon in the process. However, with all the commotion going on, the driver of the silver Infiniti quickly flees the scene. That driver is still at large currently.
Acuna has been charged with the following:
- Attempted first-degree murder
- Attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer
- Two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated assault knowingly against a peace officer
- Misconduct involving weapons (under 21 years old)
- Misconduct involving weapons (prohibited possessor due to being an illegal immigrant)
- Criminal damage
- Endangerment involving risk of imminent death
- Possession of narcotics
- Possession of narcotics for sale
Police are still urging the public to come forward with any information they may have on the driver of the vehicle involved in the shooting from September. Tips can be submitted online at AZDPS.gov/tips or by calling 877-272-8329.
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