Suspect in string of Arizona murders commits suicide
Scottsdale SWAT teams surrounded a motel found that the unknown man had shot himself.
The Arizona man is suspected of performing a series of shootings that 6 people dead appeared to hold a grudge against those involved in his divorce for almost a decade — the detailing of the saga in the YouTube videos about a week before the reigning terror in the cities.
Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, was found dead in a Scottsdale hotel room Monday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers closed in on him.
Jones was targeted six people, including well-known forensic psychiatrist Dr Steven Pitt, who had evaluated Jones and testified against him in 2010. The three others killed were two paralegals, Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson, and Marshall Levine, a hypnotherapist and coach.
Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, was identified by police on Monday as the man suspected in a spree killer in the Phoenix, Arizona area during the past five days.
A pair, Mary Simmons, 70, and Bryon Thomas, 72, were found dead in their Fountain Hills neighborhood and were supposed to be killed by Jones, police said.
ARIZONA SUSPECT LINKED TO 4 RECENT SHOOTING DEATHS FOUND DEAD IN A HOTEL ROOM, POLICE SAY
Jones’ grudge seemed to stem from his divorce with his ex-wife, Connie Jones. Police would not speculate why Jones tracked down people connected to his divorce so long after it happened.
YouTube videos posted about a week before the deadly shooting appeared to show Jones in which he his belief that his ex-wife had him on in order for her to gain their divorce case. He believed that they convinced psychiatrists, lawyers and judges to side with her and obtain custody of their son, AZ Central reported.
The videos appeared to have been made by Jones had recommended a mask to hide his identity.
Jones, only identifying himself as “Connie Jones’ ex-husband,” posted the videos under a channel with the name ‘naked lowlifes” and never reveals his face. In a video, Jones, specific names Pitt as the psychiatrist conspiring with his wife against him.
“I’m going to try to give you the short version of a very long story about how this low life got away with it,” Jones said in one of the video series posted about a week before the shootings.
Jones also posted a video of an interview between Connie Jones and Pitt.
The videos were taken by Monday evening.
Connie Jones filed for divorce in 2009, but the case drags on until 2016, AZ Central reported. Jones released a statement Monday saying her current husband, a retired police detective, the connection between her divorce and the crime scenes and notified the police of his suspicion Saturday night.
A 96-hour-killing-spree ends 5 of the crime scenes, 4 murder scenes, 6 victims, a deceased killer, and 4 days of pure terror in the valley. The police says #DwightJones killed himself as the SWAT team moved. He may have been seeking revenge in his divorce case from 2009. pic.twitter.com/BHijsxEQF2
— Kari Lake Fox 10 (@KariLakeFox10) June 4, 2018
Connie Jones said in a statement that her ex-husband was a “very emotionally disturbed person.”
“Personally, I have feared for my safety in the past nine years. I can’t express the emotions that I feel for the innocent families affected by this senseless violence,” Connie Jones said.
ARIZONA KILLER IDENTIFIED, HAVE KILLED UP TO 6 PEOPLE, THE POLICE SAYS
Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who worked on the high-profile investigation into the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, was found dead Thursday outside his office. Witnesses said that they heard Pitt fight with someone, before the shots were fired. Pitt was previously testified in 2010 that Jones had anxiety and mood disorders and symptoms of a paranoid personality.
Steven Pitt was killed Thursday. The forensic psychiatrist had worked on a number of high-profile investigations.
Analysis of shell casings found at Pitts’ office, the office and Levin’s office confirmed that the victims were killed with the same weapon, police said.
Jones’ DNA was found on an empty casings. And the traffic cameras showed a vehicle fitting the description of Jones’ gold Mercedes in the near of the law firm of 30 minutes for the double murder on Friday, police said.
Jones’ wife was awarded custody in 2010 of their 21-year-old son, after the testimony was cited in the couple’s divorce.
The two employees who were killed Friday not directly deal with Dwight Jones, but worked in the same law firm of his ex-wife of the former lawyer.
Counselor Marshall Levine, 72, seems to have been confused with someone else who once occupied the same office. At a given moment, the space was used by a counselor who saw Jones’ son as part of the divorce. Levine, who took over the space, was not involved in the divorce case.
The police have not provided a link between Jones and the couple in Fountain Hills.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam