Phoenix (AZ)

Man Cuts out Own Eye, Headless Woman and Dead Dogs Found in House

Sgt.Trent Crump, a police spokesman, gave this account of the horrific incident:

A male neighbor knocked on the door of the apartment to check on the 43-year-old suspect, whom he hadn’t seen since the day before. When the man, whose name was not immediately released, answered the door, his left arm was severed at the elbow and his left eyeball was missing.

The neighbor could see that the apartment’s floors and walls were covered in blood and immediately contacted authorities. Officers saw several knives in the residence, and it remains unknown which were used during the slaying and self-mutilation.

When officers arrived, they detained the suspect and entered the apartment. There, they found the woman’s decapitated body inside a walk-in closet. Two dead dogs were also discovered inside the residence.

…The suspect spoke with police officers outside the apartment and indicated that he “killed three family members,” Crump said. It was unknown if the suspect was referring to the woman and the dogs or other relatives, but police are checking on other family members.

Officers find woman’s decapitated body, mutilated dogs in Phoenix. AZCentral.com, 7/25/2015.

“Honestly, I just felt like killing”: Man Stabs 12-Year-Old Half-Brother to Death

Andrew Ward [27] called 911 from a convenience store near the north Phoenix home where Austin Tapia suffered multiple stab wounds late Wednesday, police Sgt. Steve Martos said.

Ward told the dispatcher he had stabbed someone, and officers found Ward with blood on his hands and clothing and a knife in a pants pocket, Martos said.

Martos said detectives asked Ward why he killed the boy, and Ward said, “Honestly, I just felt like killing.”

Other family members had gone to dinner, so Ward and the boy were the only ones home. The mother and two teenage sisters returned home to find police at what had become a crime scene.

Police: Arizona man ‘just felt like killing’ boy. AZ Daily Star, 3/14/2014.

Man Kills 13-Year-Old Son Because Son “was a demon and was going to eat him”

A call was placed by the victim’s mother after her son was picked up by the victim’s father, 51-year-old Gary Sherrill a day early. The mother and father are divorced, [Phoenix police Sgt. Steve] Martos said.

The mother told police, Sherrill failed to return their child and that she had been reaching out to her son and ex-husband.

When officers arrived, Sherrill told them his son was not home. Officers asked more questions and the suspect allowed officers into his home, Martos said.

When police entered the home, they found 13-year-old David Sherrill deceased with signs of trauma. Martos said the victim had stab wounds and lacerations to several parts of his body.

When homicide detectives arrived, Sherrill confessed to killing his son with an ax and told officials he was scared of his son. He told police he believed his son was a demon and was going to eat him.

PD: Phoenix man confesses to killing son with ax. ABC15, 1/1/2014.

Triple Murder-Suicide with Wife’s Body Burned in Back Yard

Police found the woman’s body burned in the home’s backyard. The daughter’s body was found inside the home, and the male victim was found shot in the front yard, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Police eventually found the suspect’s body in a nearby alley and believe he shot himself.

…Police said the couple was going through a divorce and the woman went to the house to get some of her belongings with her daughter and the male friend.

The couple who lived at the home was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday regarding a protective order the wife had sought against her husband, police said. It was not immediately clear whether the hearing took place.

Crump said police were last called to the house about a month ago, when someone at the home was threatening suicide.

Phoenix Shooting: Man Kills 3, Burns One Victim’s Body Then Shoots Himself, Police Say. HuffPo Crime, 11/13/2013.

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