Breaking: Double homicide suspect in custody

May 6th, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Sheriff Jim Driscoll addressed over 200 community members this morning at the High Country Fire Station near the Red Lake Community. The Sheriff reviewed the chronological events over the past 5 days.

On Tuesday, May 2nd, at approximately 9:00 am the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a neighbor of the victims reporting he had found his neighbor dead. Sheriff’s deputies from the Williams District responded to the location and upon further investigation in the residence found two deceased adults, one male and one female who had resided at the home. The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit out of Flagstaff was contacted and responded to the location. The victims were identified as the home owners, 67-year-old Michael Dimuria and his 64-year-old wife Nora Dimuria. The couples’ white 2006 Jeep Liberty 4 door vehicle was missing from the home.

The morning of May 6, 2017, the Sheriff’s Office received a tip from an area resident that a potential suspect was fleeing to Colorado. Throughout the day, Sheriff’s Office conducted interviews and worked with Colorado agencies. The Dolores County Sheriff’s Office located the missing Jeep Liberty in South Western Colorado near Dolores after they received a call from a community member who reported the vehicle as suspicious and possibly abandoned.

The possible suspect obtained a different vehicle and later in the evening the suspect fled the area and a high-speed chase ensued, with the subsequent firing on pursuing law enforcement. Law enforcement performed a pit maneuver on the suspects’ vehicle, rolling it. The suspect, 29 year-old, Derrick Shawn Barnett, from Grand Junction, Colorado, was arrested on outstanding Colorado warrants and is in-custody in Montezuma County, Colorado. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is comfortable that this suspect is a suspect in our Red Lake area double homicide. Sheriff’s Office detectives are in route to Colorado to continue the investigation.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the involved agencies which include, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Dolores County Colorado Sheriff’s Office, Montezuma County Colorado Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Colorado Sheriff’s Office, Cortez Colorado Police Department, Grand Junction Colorado Police Department, FBI, US Marshals, and the citizens of Coconino County. The Sheriff’s Office appreciates the trust of and our continued community partnership with Coconino County residents.

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