ARIZONA NEWS

Mississippi homicide suspect killed in Arizona after shooting involving DPS officers

May 14, 2024, 4:35 AM | Updated: 8:50 am

Mississippi homicide suspect killed in Arizona after gunfight...

Ivory James Welch III, killed three people on Sunday, authorities said. (Ridgeland Police Department photo)

(Ridgeland Police Department photo)

PHOENIX — A Mississippi homicide suspect died on Monday after a shooting that involved troopers with the Arizona Department of Safety, authorities said.

Ivory James Welch III killed three people on Sunday, according to the Ridgeland Police Department, which is in Mississippi.

One of his victims was 76-year-old Ida Welch, his mother, police said.

She and two other women, 56-year-old Vicky Renee Welch and 42-year-old Crystal Lynn Welch, were also found shot to death in a home in Ridgeland.

After an arrest warrant was issued, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force started searching for Welch, police said.

Mississippi homicide suspect escaped to Arizona

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) learned of Welch’s presence in the state at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

The possible sighting was in the Safford area, which is around 165 miles east of Phoenix, DPS said.

DPS worked with the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office and the Clifton Police Department to pinpoint Welch’s location.

Investigators found him in a vehicle on the U.S. 191 between Morenci and Clifton just before 10:30 a.m., DPS said.

Troopers tried to apprehend him, but during a traffic stop, Welch left the vehicle and pointed a firearm at troopers, DPS said.

Suspected Mother’s Day murderer died after trooper-involved shooting

Troopers then opened fire on Welch.

The Ridgeland Police Department described the incident as a “gunfight” in a news release shared with media outlets.

Welch was declared dead on the scene, DPS said. No law enforcement personnel were injured.

Ridgeland Police Department Chief of Police Brian Myers expressed his gratitude to DPS in the news release.

“This investigation is a great example of how teamwork in law enforcement, as well as a great relationship with our media outlets, affords us swift justice for a grieving family,” Myers said in the release. “This horrific event will have a lasting effect on this family, the officers involved in this investigation as well as our brothers in Arizona law enforcement.”

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after a drowning incident in a backyard pool in Phoenix. ...

KTAR.com

2-year-old boy dead after being pulled from Phoenix pool

A 2-year-old boy died after he was pulled from a pool in Phoenix on Wednesday evening. It is unknown how long the child was in the pool.

4 hours ago

Light rail service in Tempe is going to be affected starting next week. (Valley Metro Photo)...

KTAR.com

Light rail track repairs to affect service in Tempe starting next week

Valley Metro Light Rail service will be impacted in two Tempe locations over the next few weeks while track repairs are made.

5 hours ago

Secure the Border Act: Arizona Senate votes to send law to House...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona Senate passes controversial Secure the Border Act

The Arizona Senate voted to pass the Secure the Border Act on May 22, 2024, which sends the controversial law to the Arizona House.

8 hours ago

CD-3 Democratic candidates debate before primary elections...

Serena O'Sullivan

Watch: Arizona Congressional District 3 Democratic primary debate

Rep. Ruben Gallego, who represents Congressional District 3, isn't running for reelection. These CD-3 Democratic candidates want his spot.

8 hours ago

CD-3 Republican candidates primary: Watch May 22, 2024 debate...

Serena O'Sullivan

Watch: Arizona Congressional District 3 Republican primary debate

Arizona Congressional District 3 is traditionally Democratic. However, these CD-3 Republican candidates want to flip it from blue to red.

10 hours ago

Arizona man accused of killing man, driving under the influence...

KTAR.com

64-year-old man accused of killing pedestrian while driving under influence in Phoenix

A man was accused of killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence in Phoenix on May 21, 2024, authorities said.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Mississippi homicide suspect killed in Arizona after shooting involving DPS officers