Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Oct. 8-10
PHOENIX — An Arizona Sheriff’s deputy was on life support after being assaulted Saturday morning, four cities in metro Phoenix were ranked as the least greenest cities in the country, and pizza shop Fly Bye is opening a second location next year.
Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
An Arizona Sheriff’s deputy who was assaulted Saturday morning is on life support, while the suspect in the case was shot in a home in Tonopah Saturday night and remains in critical condition, authorities said.
Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect, 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley, and a home owner. Police were made aware of a shooting at around 6:30 p.m. and found the suspect not too far from the home, officials say.
Hurley was struck by the gunfire and taken to the hospital where he is in critical condition, officials said.
Earlier, the deputy was found unconscious and bleeding from the face by another deputy near Van Buren Street and Dysart Road.
The suspect took the deputy’s car, crashed through a fence, then fled the area. Police believe he stole another vehicle.
Four cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area were ranked as the least greenest cities in the United States, according to a personal finance website.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 28 key “green” indicators, evaluating four categories, which include environment, transportation, energy sources, and lifestyle and policy.
Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and Glendale had the worst conditions in the environmental category which covered areas such as the urban heat island effect, amount of green space, numbers of parks, as well as water and air quality.
A popular Phoenix-area restaurateur is combining a new concept with a little throwback at the second location of his pizza venture opening next year.
Sam Fox plans to roll out another Fly Bye at Desert Ridge Marketplace by summer 2022, but while the original site is to-go only, the newest will offer limited seating.
The menu remains focused on square-pan pizza, chicken wings and tenders and dipping sauces.
“Our goal in creating Fly Bye was to provide a fast, easy and fun experience with delicious comfort food that the whole family can enjoy,” Fox, who oversees Fox Restaurant Concepts, said in a press release earlier this week.
“I hope north Phoenix loves it as much as we do.”
Phoenix police officers found two people dead in their home early Saturday in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, authorities said.
Authorities responded to a call around 12:30 a.m. near Chandler Boulevard north of Loop 202, from Daniel Chacon, 51, who said he had just shot his wife and was going to shoot himself.
When officers arrived at the scene they tried making contact with anyone inside the home but upon entry, found Chacon and his wife, Christina Becerra, 50, who were both pronounced dead at the scene.
A nonprofit that assists families of fallen first responders is paying off mortgages for two Phoenix firefighters who suffered line of duty deaths in 2019.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is covering the costs for the mortgages of Rick Telles and Brian Beck, the organization announced Thursday in a press release.
The gesture is part of a nationwide effort to pay off mortgages for families of 50 first responder and Gold Star families.