- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Bond has been set at $100,000 for a taxi driver accused in a fatal shooting outside a west Phoenix convenience store.

Joseph Petty had his initial court appearance Thursday. He doesn’t have an attorney yet.

Phoenix police say the 28-year-old Petty is jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder.

They say 25-year-old Michael Lopez argued with Petty around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was shot and later died at a hospital.

Petty told investigators he was refueling his taxi at the end of his shift when the altercation occurred and Lopez told him he had a weapon in his vehicle.

When Lopez reached into the vehicle, Petty says he shot him once.

But police say Petty never mentioned seeing Lopez with a weapon and investigators didn’t find another gun at the scene.


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