Kyle Brayer, a retired Marine and 10-yr veteran of the Tempe (Arizona) Hearth Medical Rescue Division, was driving in a golf cart with buddies early Sunday morning in Scottsdale when a person in a pink Scion coupe started driving intently, almost hitting the again of the cart, police stated.
After the cart pulled as much as a cease signal, Brayer walked over to the coupe and was shot within the head, in response to police. The 34-yr-previous died at a hospital.
The capturing was adopted by an hours-lengthy manhunt for the driving force, who had fled the scene, putting a number of automobiles alongside the best way, police stated. Hezron Parks, 21, surrendered about 10 hours later after seeing stories on the native TV information that authorities have been looking for him.
The Phoenix man has been charged with second-diploma homicide.
Parks informed officers that he “felt threatened” by Brayer and that pulling the set off of his .forty-caliber handgun was justified. Courtroom paperwork additionally say, nevertheless, that Parks didn’t assume there was a spherical within the chamber.
The incident occurred in Scottsdale, Arizona’s bar district. Parks advised investigators that he had been kicked out of some golf equipment earlier that night time and had a battle with a safety guard. About 2:30 a.m., witnesses noticed him come near rear-ending the golf cart a number of occasions, courtroom data say.
After the cart stopped, Brayer acquired out and walked over to the driving force aspect of the Scion together with his arms within the air, courtroom data say. He was leaning towards the open window when witnesses noticed Parks holding a handgun.
Parks advised investigators that Brayer and his pals have been “saying issues to him, however he couldn’t inform us what” the group had stated, the officers wrote in courtroom data. Parks additionally claimed that Brayer kicked the hood of his automotive, although witnesses stated the Scion was shut sufficient to the cart for Brayer – who was driving backward – to put his foot on the hood from his seat.
Sgt. Ben Hoster, a spokesman for the Scottsdale Police Division, informed reporters Sunday that investigators have no idea why Parks was driving so near the cart or whether or not there was an trade between the 2 males earlier than Brayer was shot.
It additionally stays unclear whether or not they knew one another.
“We do not know the motive and we do not know what preceded it aside from the pink automotive was hanging the golf cart,” Hoster stated. “We all know that this was very erratic conduct on the roadway main as much as the capturing.”
Police have no idea whether or not Parks had passengers with him, Hoster stated.
Brayer is the second Tempe firefighter to die…