- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Police have arrested a suspect accused of shooting a retired California police officer to death outside a Gila River casino.

The Phoenix Police Department says in a news release that John Campos Sr., 47, was arrested on Friday by a patrol unit responding to a suspicious-person call.

Police say Campos fled on a bicycle to the area of 23rd Street and Magnolia where he collided with a vehicle, sustaining minor cuts.

Authorities had previously identified Campos’ son-in-law as a person of interest but have cleared him of any involvement.

Police say Campos allegedly shot 52-year-old Frank Pascua three times Thursday in the parking lot as he was trying to steal a car.

Campos then carjacked another vehicle and fled. Pascua, a retired officer from Bakersfield, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Arizona Republic reports that Campos was convicted in 2005 of numerous violent crimes, including armed robbery and kidnapping. The newspaper says he was released from prison in 2014, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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