James Lee Carr is the suspect who has been arrested and accused of shooting a security officer outside of Phoenix’s Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse on September 15. According to ArizonaFamily.com, the security officer was a contractor who had been deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service.
He was on duty, in uniform and inspecting a UPS truck when he was shot; after a short stint in the hospital, he has been recuperating at home, the Associated Press reported.
Carr’s ex-wife, Donna Gonzales (as it is spelled in the AP, although it is spelled “Gonzalez” in the criminal complaint), told the AP that Carr was suffering from mental illness, but she had never known him to be violent.
The FBI is currently investigating the incident. The 68-year-old Carr has been charged with one count of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon and carrying and discharging a firearm while assaulting a federal officer.
Here’s what you need to know:
Carr Is Accused of Shooting a Security Officer
James Lee Carr arrested in connection with federal courthouse shooting in Phoenix. https://t.co/TAhlfyhBeR
— Kari Lake (@KariLakeFox10) September 16, 2020
According to ArizonaFamily.com, on the morning of the shooting, Carr’s neighbors told law enforcement that Carr seemed angry and agitated and one neighbor who knew him for almost a decade even suspected that he might commit suicide. The criminal complaint quoted one neighbor who said, “James is an alcoholic, smokes marijuana, and has mental health issues,” according to court documents.
Here is what was reported in the criminal complaint:
On the morning of September 15, 2020, Victim 1 was conducting a security sweep of a UPS truck at the guardhouse on the north side of the Federal Courthouse prior to allowing the truck entry to the courthouse facility. Victim 1 heard someone say “hey.” When Victim 1 looked up, Victim 1 observed a Black male wearing a full-brimmed hat, driving a silver Cadillac sedan westbound on Washington Street on the north side of the courthouse.
At the point, the driver opened fire with a handgun from the vehicle, firing approximately three rounds and striking Victim 1 with at least one round on the right side of his chest area … Victim 1 returned fire, shooting approximately eight rounds back at the subject. Following the return of …read more