Methy Hobo With Sawed-Off Shotgun Accused of Killing Armed Apartment Owner in Phoenix

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Bobby Hoover, alleged murderer with meth and a sawed-off shotgun.
An armed Phoenix man was shot and killed yesterday as he entered an apartment unit he owned after suspecting that someone might be inside.

Police found 31-year-old transient Bobby Hoover minutes later in front of Cortez High School, not even a half-mile away, walking down the street with his meth, a sawed-off shotgun, and two handguns -- one of which was the dead man's handgun, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

Steve Stair and his wife were servicing apartments they own near 35th Avenue and Dunlap around noon yesterday, when Stair's wife noticed a light on inside one of the units and asked her husband to check it out.

Since the couple had problems with trespassers inside this apartment, Stair retrieved his handgun from his car and went inside the apartment.

There, he found Hoover, who was in the process of burglarizing the place. Hoover fired four shots from his own handgun, striking Stair twice, according to the documents. Stair died from his wounds at a hospital.

When Hoover was found minutes later, walking down Dunlap, he admitted to police that he had the handguns in his pockets. The gun Hoover allegedly shot Stair with was loaded and had the safety off. Stair's gun, which was found in another one of Hoover's pockets, was loaded, but the safety was on, according to police.

While being patted down for more weapons, Hoover told officers, "I want to be honest, I have meth in my pocket," according to the court documents. Police note that Stair said this "without being questioned."

Hoover also informed police that he had a shotgun in his backpack, and police noted that the backpack-sized shotgun had been modified with an illegally shortened barrel.

Then, while the officers were talking to each other about the handguns, Hoover -- again, "without being questioned" -- said that the one handgun he had belonged to him, but the other "was one that he took from a white male that was in his 50's with gray or balding hair inside an apartment at 3421 W. Dunlap Avenue," court documents state.

Furthermore, police checked his records, and discovered that Hoover had three convictions for drug possession, another conviction for weapons misconduct -- meaning he wasn't allowed to have any weapons in the first place -- and also had an active warrant for his arrest, since he cut off his court-ordered ankle monitor.

For good measure, police note that three witnesses put Hoover at the murder scene with a gun.

Hoover now faces seven new felony charges, including first-degree murder. He's being held without bond.

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AliciaKC21
AliciaKC21

I can't believe I am just now finding out about this-I had literally just seen him less than a month before and he was not on this path.  I wish there was something I could have done-if anyone knows how to get in touch with the Stair family I wish I could do something for them, anything...

skydlz01
skydlz01

Steve was a great man who would have most likely  told the man to leave.  I knew him personally and he truly was the nicest guy.  The hoover family is not responsible for this guys actions however realize that this guy has been in lots of trouble before and his actions  prove he has no regard for human life or authority.  It's not his first offence.  Michellejoslin I give you props for trying to help the  family but what your brother did is inexcusable and he should get the most severe punishment the law allows.  I do not feel sorry for him at all and I hope he gets what he deserves.  

garysac
garysac

I worked for Steve Stair for many years. he was the nicest, kindest person i knew. he did have problems in that apt complex with the trash there vandalizing and destroying his apt. he always gave people breaks and was very understanding about their rent, if they had a problem he made sure it was fixed. he took care of his properties and his tenets. He did what any person has the right and duty to do, protect and secure what is his and under his control. (he also managed other properties he didn't own). my heart goes out to both families.

stargirlly
stargirlly

you know everyone is talking crap about him and yes what he did was wrong and there is no excuse for it but everyone is forgetting that there are two families here. does no body think that bobby didnt have a family does no one care how and what they are going through.  i know the family personally and they are going through so much heart ache and pain. my heart goes out to all parties involved the hoover and the Stair. 

michellejoslin
michellejoslin

What my brother did is wrong. I do not have a excuse for it nor is there 1. My brother will do his time. I feel so sorry for what this family is going threw.

drgonzo
drgonzo

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"  Wayne LaPierre  

Or not.  At least there are witnesses and a spontaneous confession.  Slam dunk, although 1st degree murder might not fly.  Certainly 2nd degree murder and felony murder.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

The relatives of the victim should be allowed to beat and torture this meth-head freak into oblivion because I believe in an eye for an eye.

Stomach_Ache
Stomach_Ache

The tragedy of this news is in no way diminished by the hilarity of the typo "Booby Hoover."

crbullseye
crbullseye

@AliciaKC21 Best thing scum like you can do is stay away! Go do your meth and lose your teeth, waiting for your trash mouth reply!!!

crbullseye
crbullseye

@stargirlly  Well isn't that just peachy, if the scumbag wasn't doing meth and breaking into places then none of this would have happened. I have no feelings for Hoover or his family. Just another us the taxpayers have to pay for!

michellejoslin
michellejoslin

@stargirlly I'm not sure who u are but thank you. You are right my family don't know what to say or how to feel. I have reached out to the Stair family I'm sure they will not respond but I did tell them I am sorry. We were not raised that way at all. Without saying to much what if Mr Stair shot at my brother 1st??? Please know there r 2 side to every story. My brother is very sorry for what happened

_nlnn_nnln_
_nlnn_nnln_

@stargirlly A good question is: Why did Mr Stair get a gun and go confront a potentially dangerous burglar? If he felt the situation warranted an armed response why didn't he call the cops instead? The best thing a civilian can do in these situations is be the best witness for police. Mr Stair would probably still be alive if he didn't play cowboy. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@drgonzo lol with this, and the sniper that rose to fame being shot by a fellow servicemen while AT a gun range, pretty much disproves that theory id say..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  really? then post your home address like you have been threatening to do with people who sign Joe's recall petition, or like you did with Mary Lou Boettcher's. lets see you post your personal info or you are just a lying little bitch Robert

drgonzo
drgonzo

@JoeArpaioFan so you don't believe in the Constitution?  Good to know. He'll get his.  SMU in Florence until it's needle time.

AliciaKC21
AliciaKC21

Do you have downs or just an asshole, I've never done meth in my life but if you think a random nonsensical insult is getting you anywhere than you are going to get far my friend, lol, good luck with the rest of your life

AliciaKC21
AliciaKC21

@crbullseye @stargirllyYou are a fucking moron if you think anyone other than Bobby should be to blame for his actions-I in no way condone what he did-I am his cousin and am devastated by this and will do anything I can to help ease this family's pain because of that-if there was something I could have done to prevent this I would have so shut your fucking mouth

 

michellejoslin
michellejoslin

@crbullseye

Wow really u must be just another asshole that has a opinion. Its all good the Hoover family has donated to help the family also Bobby's children are trying to find a way to help. As a family were doing everything we can to help

don.dodondo
don.dodondo

@_nlnn_nnln_ @stargirlly He didn't know that there was anyone in the apt when he went in.  If he had expected to confront someone he probably would have taken the safety off on his gun.

marcy
marcy

@david_saint01 @drgonzo 

The theory doesn't say that all bad guys with a gun will be stopped by the first good guy with a gun.  Therefore the theory is not disproved.

It is, however, my understanding that both the sniper killer and Mr Hoover were ultimately stopped and captured by good guys with guns and not by unarmed people.

I also understand that the cop killer in California was finally stopped by good guys with guns as well.



jayem
jayem

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan  

Anyone asking for Arpaio to step down must be a criminal, or involved with someone who is or probably the Father of one (huh Daddy).  They should be recognized not just in Maricopa, County but anywhere they go.

And dealt with accordingly. 

Keep up the good work Fan, and post more! GO JOE

AliciaKC21
AliciaKC21

Do you know how to read? I would practice some more before saying anything else. You made zero valid points and spouted two extremely false and quite silly if you actually knew me accusations.

crbullseye
crbullseye

@AliciaKC21  LMAO! First your a couple of months late to the game, second you have nothing but a trash mouth. I have to laugh when you say your related because your scum just like him. Take your skank nasty meth face and jump in a lake!

MGM5
MGM5

@michellejoslin "......and Bobby's children are trying to find a way to help." You know, this is a huge problem in the U.S. Our prisons are jammed with irresponsible guys and they always have kids that they can't (and probably never did) care for. Bobby's in deep shit because he killed a guy while in the process of committing another crime. In most states, that makes him eligible for the needle. At the very least, he's going to spend most of the rest of his life in prison. I hope the mother of these children has the wherewithal to deal with all of this and can manage to keep them from following after dear old dad. Statistically, it'll be a miracle if these kids stay straight.   

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