Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say

The suspect linked to the recent shooting deaths of four professionals, including a prominent forensic psychiatrist involved in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, in a three-day period was found dead in an Arizona hotel Monday, police said. 

Scottsdale and Phoenix police traced the suspect linked to the four murders to the Extended Stay Hotel on North 69th Street. Authorities heard several shots fired inside a hotel room as officers closed in. Police did not fire any shots. 

The suspect linked to the recent killings in Arizona has been cornered in a motel Monday, police said.  (FOX10 Phoenix)

The suspect, who was not yet identified, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said more information will be released in a press conference later Monday.

Authorities confirmed Monday the suspect was linked to the four murders in Scottsdale and Phoenix, the latest one occurring on Saturday. 

Marshall Levine, a hypnotherapist and life coach, was found dead in an office building on Saturday suffering from a gunshot wound. 


The first victim killed Thursday was identified by authorities as Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist who worked on the high-profile investigation into the killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, a beauty pageant star who was found dead at her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado. Ramsey’s murder, which remains unsolved, attracted national attention. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence.

Pitt was killed Thursday outside his office, police said. Besides the JonBenet Ramsey case, he also worked on the “Baseline Killer” serial murder case in the early 2000s, FOX 10 reported.

Steven Pitt was slain Thursday. The forensic psychiatrist had worked on several high-profile investigations. (Associated Press)  (AP)

Witnesses questioned after the Pitt’s killing said they heard arguments preceding loud gunshots, describing the suspect as an “adult male, bald and wearing a dark-colored hat with a short brim.”

Police released a sketch of the suspect in the killings.


Witnesses say the suspect in Thursday’s fatal shooting of Steven Pitt was an adult male, bald, and wearing a dark short brim hat.  (Phoenix Police Department)

The other two victims were paralegals, identified as Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49. They were fatally shot at a law office on Friday. 

One woman managed to escape the building after being shot in the head, but died after she was taken to a hospital. The other woman was found dead at the scene, the Phoenix New Times reported.

The website of Burt/Feldman/Grenier, the law firm that employed Sharp and Anderson, says it practices divorce, child support and other aspects of family law litigation and mediation.

Though police said the the murders in Phoenix and Scottsdale were related, they are still trying to determine what linked the victims. 

Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben Hoster speaks to a member of the news media at the scene of a fatal shooting in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Davenport)

“We don’t know the relationships or the connections,” said Sgt. Ben Hoster.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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