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Arizona in Brief: Scottsdale officer fatally shot shoplifting suspect

Police: Scottsdale officer fatally shot shoplifting suspect

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Scottsdale police officer working security at a mall fatally shot a shoplifting suspect who was armed with a gun and began to raise the weapon toward the officer.

The shooting occurred Sunday afternoon at Scottsdale Fashion Square when the officer was alerted to a man who was believed to have shoplifted.

The officer located the suspect inside a parking garage and ordered him to stop.

Police say the suspect was holding a gun and began to raise it toward the officer.

The officer then fired on the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The identity of the suspect hasn't yet been released.

Ducey calls for $2M to improve Arizona trooper facilities

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he wants the next state budget to include $2 million to replace dilapidated housing units and office spaces for state troopers who live and work in remote locations.

His administration said replacing the units with more energy efficient ones will save money while providing an incentive for troopers, the Arizona Capitol Times reported last week.

“Better living and working conditions offer more incentive for state troopers and their families to remain in or relocate to rural areas,” the governor’s budget proposal said.

The houses are typically modular homes on land owned by the Department of Public Safety, spokesman Kameron Lee said. The remote houses help troopers keep response times low and provide coverage for the less populous areas of the state. They live in the remote housing full-time while on duty, Lee said.

Some travel to the area for the workweek then travel home on the weekends, he said.

The department has nearly 60 remote-duty houses and nearly 40 area offices across the state, Lee said. The $2 million in Ducey’s budget would replace a combination of six houses or offices if it’s received.

There are no health or safety hazards at any of the units right now, Lee said. Most of the houses were built between the 1960s and 1990s.

The department last replaced a remote-duty housing unit in Gila Bend in 2010.


Jesus Antonio Busso-Estopellan

Man found guilty in fatal Arizona shootings of 2 teens

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona court officials say a man has been found guilty in the killing of two teens in a case that could carry the death penalty.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that a jury on Feb. 14 found 28-year-old Jesus Busso-Estoppellan guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and a weapons charge in the 2011 shooting deaths of 18-year-old Tyler Webster and 19-year-old Olek Wladyszewski.

It says Busso-Estopellan admitted to investigators he lured the victims with a promised drug deal and shot them both as they sat in a car. He told investigators he planned to kill Wladyszewski and killed Webster to ensure there were no witnesses. 

The jury will now hear evidence from both sides to determine whether to sentence the defendant to death or life in prison.