ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix police arrest man allegedly connected to 11 drive-by shootings

May 12, 2022, 8:00 PM
Manuel Sierra (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
Manuel Sierra (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX — Phoenix police announced Thursday the arrest of a 24-year-old man suspected of being connected to 11 drive-by shootings in south and west Phoenix.

Manuel Sierra was booked on 18 felony charges for his suspected role in the shootings that began on Dec. 31 and ended on Wednesday, the day he was arrested in Buckeye, the Phoenix Police Department said in a press release.

Multiple homes and vehicles were struck by gunfire during the string of shootings, authorities said, which targeted members of one extended family.

The investigation allegedly determined Sierra was a past romantic partner to someone related to the victims, authorities said.

The homes were occupied during at least half the shootings, authorities said, but nobody was injured.

The families during the six months also received threatening text messages tied to the shootings, authorities said.

Advanced ballistic evidence techniques were used and hours of digital evidence was analyzed during the investigation, which authorities said were crucial to linking the various shootings.

“This investigation was the result of the tenacity and professionalism of the Phoenix Police Department,” the department said in the release.

“Each and every employee who took part in this case worked tirelessly to bring justice to these victims and take a violent offender off the street.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County approves additional $35M for affordable housing units

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this week approved another $35 million in federal relief funding to develop more affordable housing units in the area. 
12 hours ago
Firearms on display at the Legendary Guns store in Phoenix in 2018. (File photo by Daria Kadovik/Cr...
Neetish Basnet | Cronkite News

Arizona gun sales expected to surge, again, after mass shootings

Gun sales in Arizona have surged in recent years and experts say they could jump again after recent mass shootings.
12 hours ago
A man is in custody after more than 1,200 catalytic converters were recovered from a storage unit i...
KTAR.com

Man arrested after 1,200 catalytic converters found in Phoenix storage unit

A man was arrested Thursday after police recovered over 1,200 catalytic converters in a Phoenix storage unit.
12 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Lake Pleasant Regional Park...
Luke Forstner

Valley expert shares lake safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

People looking to cool off at a lake this Memorial Day weekend are asked to do so safely after a string of drownings.
12 hours ago
VR equipment and a version of the TASER 7 that utilizes VR technology for training, is demonstrated...
Taylor Tasler

Phoenix Police use virtual reality headsets to train for calls in the field

The Phoenix Police Department is one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to use virtual reality to provide officers training in the field. 
12 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Fan Fusion,  Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for The Latin Recording Academy...
KTAR.com

Weekend guide: Here are the biggest events around the Valley for May 27-29

Need something to do? Here's a look at some of the biggest events happening around the metro Phoenix area for the weekend of May 27-29.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Christina O’Haver

Stroke month: Experts call attention to stroke prevention

Every 40 seconds—that’s how often someone has a stroke in the United States. It’s the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, with someone dying of a stroke every 3.5 minutes.
...
Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
...
By Dr. Richard Carmona

Now’s a great time to receive your COVID-19 vaccine

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, now’s the time to join many other of your fellow Arizonans who are doing so right now. No one will criticize you; there is no shame. In fact, you’ll be welcomed with smiles and open arms!
Phoenix police arrest man allegedly connected to 11 drive-by shootings