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Police arrest suspect in shooting death of retired officer

  • This undated booking photo provided by the Gila River Police Department shows John Albert Campos Sr. 47, who is suspected in a Christmas Eve shooting of retired police officer 52-year-old Frank Pascua outside a casino on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, Ariz. (Gila River Police Department via AP)

PHOENIX » Police have arrested a suspect accused of shooting a retired California police officer to death outside a Gila River casino.

The Phoenix Police Department says in a news release that John Campos Sr., 47, was arrested today by a patrol unit responding to a suspicious-person call.

Police say Campos fled on a bicycle to the area of 23rd Street and Magnolia where he collided with a vehicle, sustaining minor cuts.

Authorities had previously identified Campos’ son-in-law as a person of interest but have cleared him of any involvement.

Police say Campos allegedly shot 52-year-old Frank Pascua three times Thursday in the parking lot as he was trying to steal a car.

Campos then carjacked another vehicle and fled.

Pascua, a retired officer from Bakersfield, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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