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Arizona in Brief: Suspect dies after exchanging gunfire with police in Peoria

Suspect dies after exchanging gunfire with police in Peoria

PEORIA (AP) — Police in Peoria say a shoplifting suspect who exchanged gunfire with officers has died at a hospital from his injuries.

They say 20-year-old Michael John Stout of Peoria died Tuesday morning.

Police say no officers were injured in the shooting Monday night at a Walmart store as officers arrived in response to a call about a man shoplifting a bottle of milk.

Police say the suspect fired several shots at arriving officers with some striking a police vehicle.

Officers returned fire and the suspect was taken into custody and given medical aid before being transported to a hospital.

Woman facing murder charge in son’s death

PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman arrested in July on suspicion of child abuse after her infant son was found dead in her apartment now is facing a first-degree murder charge.

Phoenix police say detectives developed probable cause that 32-year-old Donielle Joyce King was responsible for the death of 1-year-old Josiah Gishie.

King remains jailed, and it was unclear Tuesday if she has a lawyer yet.

King was arrested July 17 after police found the boy unresponsive on a bed.

He was declared dead at the scene and police say the child had been alone in the apartment for up to eight hours.

116 to lose jobs as paper factory to close

BELLEMONT (AP) — As many as 116 jobs will be lost when an Arizona paper products plant shuts its doors next year.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the Bellemont factory’s parent company Essity announced last week the decision to close.

Essity Vice President of Communications Amy Bellcourt says the decision was purely a financial one.

The company shut a related factory in Flagstaff last year for similar reasons. That plant produced the raw paper product that would eventually become tissues, paper towels and toilet paper.