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Leslie Scarlett, suspect in mass shooting, dies

Leslie Scarlett
Leslie Scarlett(Tucson Police Department)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 2:09 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The accused suspect in a mass shooting and house fire on Tucson’s south side has died, police said on Thursday, July 22.

Leslie Scarlett, 35, was shot by a Tucson police officer in the Sunday, July 18, incident, in which six people were shot and two died.

Police also on Thursday confirmed that the burned body found in the home belonged to 36-year-old Jennifer A. Fells. An autopsy revealed that she had suffered gunshot trauma.

Sunday’s incident began with a call about a house fire near South Campbell Avenue and East Irene Vista. Police say Scarlett shot at an ambulance that was staging at Quincie Douglas Center at Silverlake Park as a backup for an unrelated medical call. Two EMTs were injured. One, 20-year-old Jacob Dindinger, was shot in the head and critically injured. The other EMT, a 21-year-old, was shot in the arm and chest.

Scarlett allegedly then returned to the home and fired at fire crews and neighbors.

One of the neighbors, 44-year-old Corey Michael Saunders, was hit in the head and died. Another neighbor was grazed and was unharmed.

A fire captain, a 17-year veteran of TFD, was hit in the arm. TFD Chief Chuck Ryan said the captain was released from the hospital Sunday night.

Scarlett allegedly fired at TPD officer Danny Leon as Leon got out of his vehicle. Leon, an eight-year veteran, shot back and stopped Scarlett.

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