Suspect in Phoenix double-homicide dies in shootout in Kansas
Jan 24, 2023, 8:22 AM | Updated: 1:48 pm
(Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry Photo)
PHOENIX – The suspect in a double-homicide in Phoenix over the weekend died in a shootout with law enforcement officers in Kansas, authorities said.
Leroy D. Malone, 39, was killed Monday after he was shot several times in Dodge City, Kansas, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) said.
A woman who was driving the car with Malone also was shot several times and is hospitalized. Her name has not been released.
Two deputies from Ford County and one from Clark County were shot, and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was bitten by a police dog during the incident. One Ford County deputy was treated for shrapnel wounds and released. The other three officers remain hospitalized.
Malone was wanted in connection with a shooting near 51st Avenue and Broadway Road, the Phoenix Police Department said.
Phoenix officers responded to the scene around 1 p.m. Sunday and found two deceased shooting victims, 28-year-old Cameron Brown and 27-year-old Asya Rose Ribble. Their two small children, who were home at the time, were unharmed, police said.
Detectives identified Malone as a suspect and determined that a woman was likely with him, police said.
Phoenix police tracked the suspects out of state and shared information about case with agencies nationwide.
Clark County deputies saw a blue Toyota Tundra that matched the vehicle connected to the Phoenix deaths driving through Minneola, Kansas. When deputies tried to stop the car, it sped off, the KBI said.
Deputies from Ford County and the Kansas Highway Patrol joined the pursuit and eventually a Clark County deputy forced the truck into a ditch. The shootout began when the truck was stopped in Dodge City.
Malone served time in prison in Arizona from June 2010 until June 2020 for convictions for aggravated assault, armed robbery, marijuana violation and other charges, according to online records.
The homicide investigation in Phoenix remains active.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.