Suspect in Scottsdale, Ariz. killings found dead in hotel room

Suspect in Scottsdale, Ariz. killings found dead in hotel room

Suspect in Scottsdale, Ariz. killings found dead in hotel room

Marshall Levine, a 72-year-old marriage and divorce counsellor and life coach, was found shot inside an office building shortly after midnight on Saturday (Sunday NZT), police said.

Police in Scottsdale, Arizona are dealing with four murders in the last four days, at least three of which appear to be linked, the Arizona Republic reports.

Investigators had been searching for the suspect, identified as Dwight Jones, 56, since Steven Pitt, a 59-year-old psychiatrist who consulted on serial killings and the 1996 murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, was found dead outside his office on Thursday, the first of a string of killings that left the Phoenix area on edge.

Police officials from six agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF gathered for a press conference Monday afternoon to go over the murder spree after the suspect, Dwight Jones, 56, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after police closed in at a Scottsdale hotel near Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. Phoenix police have been investigating the shooting and previously said they had no information on whether the killing was related to Pitt's work.

"Personally, I have feared for my safety for the past nine years", she said.

The killings of people working in related fields have fueled speculations about whether Pitt, the most well known of the victims, may have been killed because of his profession, a line of work that required him to study the minds of criminals.

Analysis of shell casings found at Pitts' office, the law firm and Levin's office confirmed that the victims were killed with the same gun, police said.

Pitt family spokesman Bruce Bobbins said Pitt's family also mourns the loss of the paralegals, Veleria Sharp and Laura Anderson, and counselor Marshall Levine. One woman, who had been shot in the head, was able to come out of the office and flag a bus driver for help, Hoster said.

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In addition, authorities say they believe Jones also killed a man and a woman whose bodies were discovered Monday in Fountain Hills. She was taken to a hospital where she died.

According to police, Phoenix and Scottsdale law enforcement tactical teams were moving in on the suspect and evacuating adjacent rooms when shots were fired inside the suspect's room.

Jones said her current husband, a retired police detective, made the connection between her divorce and the crime scenes and notified police of his suspicion Saturday night.

Less than 24 hours later, two paralegals were gunned down at their law offices in downtown Scottsdale.

The law firm issued a statement on the murders Monday afternoon. Anderson was described as a grandmother and mother with intellect and passion. Police say they do not believe there is more than one shooter, whom they referred to a "him".

Officers followed a blood trail back to the office and found the other woman.

Police say Pitt had been slain Thursday outside his office.

Veleria was a treasured member of our work family.

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