GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether a man accused of firing at officers in a Phoenix suburb is connected to a trio of shooting deaths in the state after he was found with a car belonging to a victim.
A deputy on Tuesday found three burglarized homes in a rural area in western Arizona. The deputy discovered two people dead from gunshot wounds in one house, and a third in another home, the Laz Paz County Sheriff's Office said.
Identities of the victims, details of the killings and specific locations were not released.
An "attempt to locate" notice was issued for the missing car of one of the victims, the sheriff's office said. The vehicle turned up in the Phoenix area in the possession of a man who allegedly shot at two Glendale police officers Wednesday, authorities said. Neither officer was hit. SWAT officers eventually took the man into custody.
Glendale police identified the man as Kitage Lynch, 24, of Phoenix. The sheriff's office said he is considered an "investigative lead" in the homicides.
Lynch is being held at the city jail pending results of a coordinated investigation by Glendale police, La Paz County and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
He was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm stemming from the Glendale shooting.
Glendale police Sgt. David Vidaure said he didn't know whether Lynch had made any statements to police or had even been questioned by any of the agencies involved. Vidaure added he didn't know whether Lynch has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
According to Vidaure, two officers went to a field in Glendale early Wednesday after a caller said a man was yelling and randomly shooting a gun.
Shots were fired at the officers before they got out of their vehicles, one of which was hit by at least one round, Vidaure said.
Officers surrounded the field. The man surrendered peacefully.
Ian Zbikowski, who said he'd been asleep in a trailer near the scene, told KNPX-TV (http://goo.gl/zGz4e2) the man seemed to be acting irrationally by shouting and pulling things from the car.
"A little later into the night, he started letting off gunshots. It was pretty scary," Zbikowski said.