The police in Phoenix say that a man shot and killed another driver because he looked at him while they both stopped at a red light.
Nicolas Elliott, 30, was arrested on Thursday for the fatal shooting of Alex Mixon, 26, earlier this year, according to the authorities in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Police Department said that Elliott Mixon had shot and killed around 3:15 pm on March 1, because he was only looking at him while stopping at a red traffic light. & # 39;
Police say that at the time of the shooting, Mixon drove west in a Dodge pickup on Thunderbird Road near 30th Street.
Phoenix police have arrested Nicolas Elliott (left) for the fatal shooting at Alex Mixon (right)
After Mixon was shot, the truck crossed into eastern lanes and ran down the road.
The vehicle then hit an electricity pole and went through a wall before it completely stopped, according to the Arizona Republic.
Mixon was rushed to a local hospital, where he was declared dead, the authorities said.
Initially, the police believed that Mixon's death was a single-vehicle accident.
But an autopsy performed the following day confirmed that he had been shot in the chest. The police then started investigating his death as a murder.
According to legal documents, Elliott fled the scene just after the shooting.
Mixon was shot in the early morning hours of March 1 because the police say he only looked at Elliott & # 39; while both men stopped at a red traffic light
Researchers used surveillance images from the 32nd Street area, showing that the Mixon pickup stopped next to a larger truck moving in the same direction.
The video did not record the recordings or what happened afterwards, according to legal documents.
Researchers broke a breakthrough in the investigation last July when an anonymous tipster heard Elliott talking about someone shooting in the face because he looked at him dirty.
The informer told the police that the shooting to which Elliott referred was taking place at a crossroads.
The police also interviewed three people who were in the area at the time of the shooting.
They told the investigators that Mixon "only looked at (Elliott) who in turn became furious with him firing his gun at (Mixon)."
The police also took statements from witnesses saying that Elliott bragged about the shooting.
& # 39; Alex had the greatest heart and cared deeply about the people around him, & # 39; his family said in a statement
Allegedly, Elliott told police on Thursday that he was arguing with a man in a red light, but he couldn't remember whether he had fired his gun.
Court documents cite Elliott who told the police that if he could go back in time, he would take the incident back.
Elliott is also said to have owned drugs and weapons found by the police.
He has been accused of first-degree murder, severe mistreatment, misconduct with weapons and drug possession.
Elliott is being held on a $ 1 million bond in a prison in Maricopa County.
A lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday.
After the news about Elliott's arrest broke out, the Mixon family issued a statement ABC 15 TV he said: & # 39; Alex had the biggest heart and cared deeply for the people around him.
& # 39; He lived for his art, loved animals, and was a dedicated fan of the Diamondbacks.
& # 39; He always loved to laugh and to be surrounded by people. Above all, he has never missed a chance to help someone else.
& # 39; His death deeply touched our family and he was really missed.
& # 39; We now know why he was taken away from us so unexpectedly, but it will take time to reconcile our hearts.
& # 39; Our family is grateful for all the hard work and dedication of the City of Phoenix police.
& # 39; Without their efforts, we would not know what happened to Alex and the person responsible for his death. & # 39;
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