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Man charged with 2nd degree murder after Prescott shooting

Victim was member of Phoenix-area motorcycle group

Michael Ryan from Louisiana was arrested Sunday, May 13, after allegedly shooting and killing an Arizona man in Prescott. Ryan’s head wounds were sustained when several people tackled him after the shooting, police said.

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Michael Ryan from Louisiana was arrested Sunday, May 13, after allegedly shooting and killing an Arizona man in Prescott. Ryan’s head wounds were sustained when several people tackled him after the shooting, police said.

A man from Surprise died in Prescott very early Sunday morning, May 13, after being shot several times in the area of 800 White Spar Road.

Officers with the Prescott Police Department (PPD) arrived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m., according to a PPD news release. They found 44-year-old Chris Scoggins with multiple bullet wounds. Scoggins was transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officers also found a man being held down by other people on scene. The man was identified as 39-year-old Michael Ryan from Louisiana.

Detectives learned Scoggins was in town with a group of motorcyclists from the Phoenix area. They were told Scoggins confronted Ryan about a report of Ryan touching a female member of the motorcycle group inappropriately. During the confrontation, Ryan pulled out a handgun and shot Scoggins several times, police said.

Ryan was booked on one count of second degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement and one count of sexual abuse. The investigation is ongoing.