- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A suspect who killed himself as detectives arrived at his Tempe apartment to question him about the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy has been identified as a 50-year-old ex-convict.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Thursday released the identity of Robert Walesa, whom Sheriff Joe Arpaio said previously was a suspect in the wounding of the deputy last Saturday.

Records indicate Walesa served a two-year prison sentence starting in 2000 for stalking.

Arpaio said the suspect had been recently been arrested for drunken driving and was released from custody hours before the deputy was shot.

The sheriff said investigators think a desire by the suspect to get back at law enforcement for the recent arrest was a motive for the shooting.

The wounded deputy has been released from a hospital.



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