MCSO Investigating Possible Link Between Murdered Deputy and Couple Fatally Shot Near Sedona

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Deputy William Coleman is the first MCSO deputy killed in the line of duty since 1995
As you've probably heard, a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot with a high-powered rifle over the weekend. As you also may have heard, a New Hampshire couple was found shot to death in their car near Sedona on Friday, also shot with a high-powered rifle.

Now, investigators are trying to determine whether the murders are related.

MCSO Deputy William 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 got out and started shooting, killing Coleman, a 20-year veteran with the MCSO and father of two young children.

The suspect was then fatally shot by other deputies.

MCSO Deputy Jeff Sprong tells New Times the Sheriff's Office is yet to release any information about the suspect.

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.

Sprong 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.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's told other media outlets he wouldn't be surprised if the same gunman is responsible for all three murders.

Sprong says the YCSO should be releasing more info on the gun used to kill the New Hampshire couple this afternoon. Check back for updates.
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10 comments
waywest
waywest

I also wonder if this could be tied to a 3rd crime. Last
week New Times had a story about a SWAT officers assault rifle being stolen
from his squad car. One of the other news sites had a story up the other day
about the murdered couple and one of the sample guns they showed (they showed 3
different types of weapons that could have fired the bullets) looked a lot like
the picture New Times showed of the missing SWAT weapon.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

well, it was a .223 caliber bullet so it could be from  an AR-15, or an M-16. I dont know shit tons about guns so there are probably more guns it could come from, but it's a good guess. I was eluding to that above in a round about way.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 you dont know shit about nothing this is the truth. you need to get a JOB!

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 here you go again with your know it all spaced out hippie pie in the sky answers to life's problems. you live in a dream world you unemployed dickhead atheist! you are a dreamer that knows nothing. you cant ever get a job. your simply a loser.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I guess I watch NCIS too much where Abby compares bullets in minutes.

How long in the real world does it take to compare the bullets from two high profile shootings?

BTW, on AZCentral their story does say that the shooter was 40, but no more.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

they also said it was .223 bullet casing found and that they believed the suspect used an assault rifle in the Sedona shooting. I am curious, does that make it an M-16? or an AR-15? or is there an actual rifle that is .223?

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Very sad for the Coleman family. RIP William Coleman, may the Lord be with you. peace

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sad day for MCSO. I feel badly for the officer's family and friends as they struggle to make sense of this unneeded death.

Shooter McGaven
Shooter McGaven

RIP Deputy Coleman, thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

On a side note, it's pretty amazing that the other Deputy was able to engage and kill the bad guy with a service pistol. Pistol Vs. rifle is no fair fight, but he fought bravely.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

From the reports I've read Off Coleman likely didn't have time to defend himself. It appears two other deputies shot and killed the suspect.

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