Drew Ryan Maras, Possible "UFO-ologist," Identified as Shooter in Murder of MCSO Deputy

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The man authorities say is responsible for murdering a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy over the weekend has been identified as 30-year-old Drew Ryan Maras -- which happens to be the same name as a "UFO-ologist" who wrote a book titled Open Your Eyes: To 2012 and Beyond.

The Sheriff's Office won't confirm to New Times whether the Drew Ryan Maras who shot Deputy William Coleman Sunday morning is the author -- and Maras hasn't responded to two emails we've sent him (which could be because he's dead -- if he's the same person who shot Coleman, he was fatally shot by deputies almost immediately afterwards).

However, Maras' Facebook page (which you can see here) says he attended Arizona State University prior to joining the Marine Corps. He also posts a lot of quotes that could be viewed as anti-government, like Thomas Paine's "the duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government."

Maras (the author) frequently updates his Facebook "status" -- sometimes three times a day. However, he hasn't done so since Thursday, which is the day before a New Hampshire couple was found murdered near Sedona -- authorities suspect those murders could be linked to the murder of Deputy Coleman.


Coleman, 50, was fatally shot when he and other deputies responded to a burglary call at a medical center in Anthem about 4 a.m. Sunday.

When Coleman and the other deputies approached a van in the parking lot, the suspect -- now identified as Maras -- was seen sleeping in the passenger seat. When deputies tapped on the window, Maras started shooting, killing Coleman, a 20-year veteran with the MCSO and father of two young children.

Maras was then fatally shot by other deputies.

The couple from New Hampshire, James Johnson and Carol Raynsford, were found shot to death in their car as it was parked in a remote section of Arizona State Route 89-A.

Because the deputy and the couple each were shot with a high-powered rifle, and because the crime scenes are linked by their proximity to Interstate 17, authorities are investigating whether the same gunman is responsible for all three murders.

The MCSO says the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office currently is investigating the ballistics of the gun used to murder the New Hampshire couple to see if it's a match to the gun used to shoot Deputy Coleman. The YCSO's expected to release its results this afternoon.

After the MCSO told us it wouldn't give us any additional information about Maras, we sent an email to Deputy Chris Hegstrom asking that he let us know if we're wrong to assume the Maras who shot Deputy Coleman is the same person who wrote Open Your Eyes: To 2012 and Beyond. He never got back to us.

The MCSO says Sheriff Joe Arpaio will release more information about Maras when it becomes available. Check back for updates. 

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R Raj eL
R Raj eL

1.16.2012
I've just finished reading Drew Maras' book, and although it was opinionated to a large degree, still I felt a deep sincerity in his writing.

Then I read an article that he shot 3 people!  I won't play the conspiracy card here; it's just a bit strange that here's a guy who seemed to have everything going for him--and then he kills 3 people.  It just doesn't add up.

Joyfully1
Joyfully1

Another reason police should NOT be on 13 hour shifts. Their thought process and reflexes are effected. How many more lawsuits and officer deaths before cities wake up. There is a huge difference between 8 to 10 hours of work and 13 hours of work before sleep deprivation sets in.

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

This just isn't adding up to me.   The story sounds extremely unlikely.  Why would the shooter be asleep in the car with an alarm going off in the business right in front of him?  Seems to me that if you were burglarizing a business, you wouldn't go to sleep during the middle of it.
If the bullets come back a match for both crimes, then I will be glad the shooter was caught and eliminated.  If it doesn't come back a match...the old media machine at MCSO will be spinning for days to come........................

AZ FAIL
AZ FAIL

Sounds like someone rode the crazy train right off the rails. I'm all but certain he's tied to the Sedona shooting as well. Sad for everyone involved. Unfortunately, between all the bizarre, apocolyptic stuff surrounding 2012, the sure-to-be-nastiest-ever elections, and all the military veterans coming back from Iraq who are not in their right minds, I am afraid this is going to be a violent, bloody year for law enforcement. Stay safe out there, everyone.... :( 

Mactacticalarms
Mactacticalarms

There is also a guy with the same name that had two criminal charges pertaining to assault in the Arizona courts

Opinionated
Opinionated

Trained for war by the U.S. Marines Corps infantry and then turned
pacifist, author Drew R. Maras raises the flag of awareness on the
duality of man and the importance of peace.

Hmm...so a pacifist committed this or these murders? It's not adding up folks

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's just a matter of time until the Flaccid Fool uses this awful death of a peace officer as a media event to gain attention for himself.

I hope I am wrong.

Renegade Warrior 1
Renegade Warrior 1

The part that doesn't make sense, is how the suspect was "sleeping" and was not in the process of burglarizing the business, despite unlawfully parking there. Then the Deputy, not being able to see a high powered semiautomatic weapon near the suspect, which takes time to raise, aim, cock then pull the trigger. Before fatally killing the responding Deputy. Something's not right.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

KTAR and the AP are using the same picture of the guy and claiming he's the writer.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

so wait a minute. He was asleep and the deputies knocked on the window and then he shot him, then the deputies killed the shooter? hmm, I think this happened differently then what I had read before.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

this guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haired male. they use that clean cut look to hide the evil 666 that lurks deep down in their satanic 666 dark souls.

Law Wife
Law Wife

The situation that occurred has nothing to do with the length of hours the deputy was working. The deputy did absolutely nothing wrong. Unfortunately, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The shooter was obviously a psychopath. It's simply a horrible thing that's happened to this Deputy, and his family and fellow officers.

Taximan Steve Lindsey
Taximan Steve Lindsey

Good point.  Like overextended truck drivers or interning doctors in E/R....  But in the interest of economy, will never (unfortunately) happen.

----SWL

The Dude
The Dude

Oh because his blog says he is a pacifist that means its true??? Are you that fucking stupid.

Chuck Zito
Chuck Zito

Jesus was the only real pacifist ever. the rest are bogus impostors.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The pictures from the crime scene on azcentral show the helicopter was there.  It wasn't like they were trying to find the suspect.  I bet it was to fly in "someone" for a media event....

Jason
Jason

We all know that the Old Fool will do just that, Tommy. Use the death of a peace officer to further his own criminal agenda.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 and anything to write on here will not change 1 thing in this life or world. your wasting your time on here as i am.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

  trust me your always wrong and you take yourself way to seriously. your a hack and a lonely nobody troll.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Same thing occurred to me too Renegade. But I wasn't there and usually, the first details which are reported on incidents like this, have a lot of inaccuracies. Best to wait and see what else comes to light.

The Dude
The Dude

Dude the news doesn't know wtf is going on.  He was in the van in the parking lot on the other side of the complex. They didn't know if he was the burglary suspect, but they did there job and investigated the area and found a guy in a van.  It has not been released yet if he was the burglary suspect or not.  As for the rifle.  It was hidden under a blanket which he had over him. Lastly you don't have to cock a rifle if you have it hot and ready to go, which he did. And you dont have to aim if a fucking person is three feet away from you.  He totally blind sided the Deputy.  Deputy Coleman is a hero.  This guy was going to kill again if he was not stopped.  He killed those people in Sedona for no reason.  That will be confirmed soon enough. RIP Deputy Coleman you were loved and respected. You will be missed.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

its a mixed up mad cap world aint it?

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

I think your asleep when you write on here.

DB COOPER
DB COOPER

  are you PTCGAZ still an atheist and still unemployed and living at home with your parents? get a life already you loser!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It will likely come out that the whole thing was a setup to (1) kill some cops and be killed or (2) kill some cops and get away and then have a shootout with more cops.

It's likely he kicked the door of the medical offices and simply waited for the cops to appear. By being in the passenger seat pretending to be asleep he was able to hide his weapon until he saw his target and then he just opened fire with full auto.

This is conjecture on my part based on bits and pieces I've read, but I'm thinking it won't be too far off from what investigators determine.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Yeh, and all black folks are criminals, all brown folks are illegal and all yellow folks work on the railroads, too.

You are a dunderhead, amigo. And I couldn't care less what length your hair is or what the color of your skin is.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

too bad jesus doesn't exist and it's the liberals that are the real pacifists.

I sure know you aren't a pacifist.

Ross
Ross

Onward Christian soldiers!

The Dude
The Dude

Is that a serious statement.  You think cops just fuck off and make it a media event when one of there brothers dies. Get over yourself and show some respect for a fallen hero.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

When one is the most important county sheriff in Arizona I would imagine the chopper is at his beck and call 24/7.... (at least in his feeble mind).

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and since he goes this far, what are they leaving out?

Vic
Vic

Joe Arpaio, so damn predictable, we know exactly how he will handle this.

MAD CAP
MAD CAP

 I think when a good person dies they go to heave to be with Jesus in paradise. meanwhile the rest of us humans are all still  stuck down here on earth dealing with all this bullshit violence hate war etc etc. as far as im concerned he got out to go to a better place called heaven and he dont have to deal with the shit down here no more. and we the living are  still fucked living down here in all this shit with mean people drugs war hate violence etc. death is certain life is not. so be ready for death when it comes for you and get your salvation now while you can before its to late to do so. he got out, and we are still  stuck here.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 im a well known stand up comic who lives here in the valley. and I make lots of money cracking stupid jokes on stage for 1 1/2 hours. so in a way it is criminal how easy I take and make my money from you the public. I do not do drugs drink or smoke cigs. I take care of my God given body and I respect it. my sister is a local cop in Mesa Arizona I have respect for her and them and the job they do.humor is the best cure for pain and sadness jason. try it sometime.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's what I expect from him, Jason. Let's hope we are both wrong.

Mad Dog? Your opinion?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thank you, once again. I cherish your advice.

Troll? Yes. Lonely, not always. I'm Gemini so I always have company of some sort.

Hack? I don't know what you mean by someone who is a hack...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

ok, I was just a little confused because from what I heard before on-line, (On AZ central I think) it was so sketchy I though he wasn't in a vehicle at all but was trying to get inside of it. .Maybe I misread too.

I suppose we will know more in a few days.

Chuck Zito
Chuck Zito

 get a hair cut tom your getting kind of shaggy.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 if they are clean cut and short haired you are correct tommy boy. the skin color does not matter. im pretty sure you are clean cut and short haired to which explains your violent verbal rants here. its only a matter of time before you flip out and commite a violent crime and end up in the new times news also. you clean cut guys cant handle the pressures of life when the shit gets deep cause you are weak and insecure inside. thats when you blow a main head sprig and go on a killing spree. its mostly a yuppie thing. and you are a yuppie tommy boy.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I have to join Tommy in "berating the local authority"

Because the MCSO is run by corrupt incompetents, it will be hard to trust that any of the "facts" they report about this case are based in reality.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Sounds like Tommy Collins got bent over in pink prison tights in the flaccid fool's (Tommy's words) pink jail and enjoyed it.  It is a disgusting fool like yourself that  will use the deaths of four people to berate the local authority without regards to victims in order to further the liberal agenda.

Trulio Disgracious
Trulio Disgracious

Bro Doggie, I miss when you used to smoke peanut butter crank... at least you used to make me laugh once in a while; it dulled the stinging in my eyes caused from that peroxide and hair feathering product you always kept in the El Camino. I always loved your quote,"In the bible it says- by your fruits you are known. In this world- fruits means luxurious man-mane." Go with God, brother... & let those buxom golden locks breathe free. 

Chuck Zito
Chuck Zito

 Jason is not a happy man I know that much about him.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Oh shit, Dog. Please don't threaten me with being your cyber friend.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

im a Gemini to. now you really know me. we are the most intelligent sign in the zodiac brother. we are now internet pals and brothers forever! and thats a hard thing to find in todays mean cyber world. ok tom from this point on I will now stop fucking with you. your my pal. 

Vic
Vic

Maybe some do, I don't know.  Myself as a female, one of my life long rules was to
never go out with a guy whose hair was longer than mine.  Personal preference I guess.

MARTA
MARTA

 Its the free spirit rock star biker thing with women who like long haired guys. I love men like that.

A Longhair
A Longhair

 You get more respect with long hair and if you like females you get more sex from females if you got long hair. females love long haired men.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks, Chuck. I will just live vicariously through your jail experiences. I'm mostly 'out to pasture' anyway, so the worst I can do is spitter and sputter here and there. I know I can't avoid death, but I can work on staying out of stir.

Chuck Zito
Chuck Zito

 Jail prison or death awaits you. www.chuckzito.com I been to the joint and im done with a life of crime. its all your tom.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks, Chuck. It's almost to the point that I can make a pony tail. Better get it cut soon so I can flip out as expected, eh?

gregg r
gregg r

no your not in NY.  but at least you should go back Maybe then, people with laugh at your jokes, not make you the joke they laugh at.

Ross
Ross

Everyone is born with a sense of humor, but some have it taken away from them, usually by child abuse.  In a posted comment, they can't see your smile. 

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 im a well know stand up comic who lives here in the valley. I thought most you desert new times readers and pseudo intellectuals would have caught on to my BS long ago but no one has yet. you guys are slow witted out here. I guess im not in new york city any more.

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