Arizona's Suspected Serial Killer Shoots Self As Cops Close In

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Per Fox News, the yet-unidentified man who was found dead at the Extended Stay Hotel in Scottsdale was a prime suspect in four fatal shootings in Scottsdale in Phoenix. A robot was sent into the suspect's room, where it was determined that the suspect committed suicide.

When officers went into Jones' room, they found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"If there is anything positive that can come out of these atrocities, it is the speed and tenacity with which your law enforcement joined together to bring justice to our communities", Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

Police say a suspect in the killing of Pitt and three other Phoenix area homicides killed himself Monday as SWAT officers entered his room at a hotel.

The string of shootings raised questions about whether Pitt may have been killed because of his profession, a line of work that required him to study the minds of criminals, and whether the four killings were related.


A police sketch of the man suspected of killing Steven Pitt on May 31, 2018.

They were shot, police said in a news release.

Witnesses heard a loud argument and gunfire Thursday outside Pitt's Scottsdale office. Court records show that Connie Jones filed for divorce from her then-husband in 2009, a case that dragged on for years and involved psychological evaluations. Sgt. Vince Lewis, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, told reporters that the suspect fired multiple gunshots from inside his room as officers were evacuating the hotel, before turning the gun on himself.

Marshall Levine, a 72-year-old counselor and life coach, was found dead inside an office building in Scottsdale shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, were shot and killed at a Scottsdale law firm Friday afternoon, according to Scottsdale Police.


The Arizona Republic reported Levine also worked as a hypnotherapist and provided marriage and divorce counseling. One of the women managed to walk outside and flag down a passing driver before she died. Police followed her blood trail and found the other victim.

Police said there was not sufficient evidence to indicate a serial killer is behind the shootings.

Pitt had been a consultant in several high-profile cases, including the 2005-2006 Baseline Killer murders that claimed the lives of nine people.

Pitt is most known for his role in the investigation of the mysterious death of six-year-old beauty pageant competitor JonBenet Ramsey in 1996.

Jones' ex-wife, Connie Jones, retained Elizabeth Feldman with Burt Feldman Grenier as her attorney, his son was required to see Pitt as part of the divorce agreement and his son was required to see a psychiatrist who would have been in the same office as Levine, but Levine had been subletting the space when he was shot and killed.


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