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Arizona in Brief: Stolen car suspect is fatally shot by police officer

Police: Phoenix man dies after shooting son, then himself

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say an 81-year-old man shot his adult son before taking his own life.

They have not released the names of the men yet.

Authorities responded to a home near 52nd Street and Bell Road in northeast Phoenix around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police found the victim with a gunshot wound in the back. They say the victim’s father shot him and then himself. The father was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the 49-year-old son was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the torso.

He’s listed in serious condition. Investigators believe the two were in some sort of altercation before the father began shooting.

Stolen car suspect is fatally shot by Phoenix police officer

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say a stolen car suspect has died after being shot by an officer.

They say the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex near 70th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Undercover and uniformed police officers were conducting surveillance on two stolen vehicles.

Police say the suspect was seen getting into one of the stolen vehicles wearing a bandana over his face and driving it to the apartment complex. The suspect fled when a uniformed police officer tried to question him and a second uniformed officer then confronted him.

Police say the suspect raised a gun and pointed it at the officer before being shot. He was pronounced dead at a hospital and his name hasn’t been released yet.

Police say no officers were injured.

Jury’s decision moves a Phoenix man closer to death penalty

PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors have found aggravating factors that could make a Phoenix man eligible for the death penalty in the 2011 murder of a 10-year-old girl.

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury determined that the killing of Ame Deal was especially cruel or heinous since the girl was locked in a small storage box in sweltering summer heat.

Closing arguments in the penalty phase of John Allen’s trial are scheduled to begin Wednesday morning. The 29-year-old Allen was convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse last week.

Allen’s 28-year-old wife Sammantha Allen was a cousin of Deal’s. She was convicted of murder in the girl’s death in June.