Suspect detained after deadly shootout at Ariz. business
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD) - Arizona sheriff’s deputies took a suspect into custody after what they called an “unprovoked” shooting at a store selling recreational vehicles.
Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a shooting around 5:15 p.m. Monday at Desert RV in Whetstone. They say the suspect, a military veteran, came into the business with two AR-15 rifles and opened fire, prompting the store owners to fire back.
The suspect shot two employees before he fled into the desert. One was killed, while the other was seriously injured, KOLD reports. The deceased was identified as 47-year-old Robert Lizarraga, of Sierra Vista.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 37-year-old Bruce Alvin Hansberry, of Sierra Vista.
Hansberry was apprehended after searchers in a helicopter spotted him in the brush shortly before 10 p.m. He was booked into the Cochise County Jail and is facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and child abuse.
The sheriff said they are working to find out the motive for the shooting. Police reported Hansberry had come into Desert RV two times earlier that day but hadn’t acted out of the ordinary.
Police said no one had recognized him and Hansberry did not know the victims.
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies responded to the scene.
An active lockdown was put in place for four miles around the area, and Highway 90 leading to Sierra Vista was also shut down, as deputies searched for the suspect. Those restrictions have since been lifted.
Anyone who has information on the shooting is urged to call 911.
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