Seeing Red AZ has waited to post information regarding yesterday’s horrific shooting in South Phoenix in which three Chandler undercover police officers were shot, one fatally. One of the surviving officers is in critical condition. The death of officer Carlos Ledesma, a 34-year-old married father of two, marks the third on-duty death of a Valley police officer this year.
In the midst of a drug bust gone awry, two criminal suspects were shot and killed. According to police, one was fatally shot while fleeing in a car. Six suspects have been detained. A Chevrolet Caprice Classic has been impounded.
Yet names of these suspects, all of whom are in custody, are mysteriously missing from the reports we have been following.
Any idea what’s taking so long?
Finally, information regarding the suspects is available: There are eight, ages 25 to 40. Two were killed; another hospitalized and five have been arrested on charges ranging from murder to possession of marijuana with the intent to sell.
The five in custody have been identified as Thadika Singleton, 38, John Webber, 37, Doarnell Jackson, 35, Jerry Wayne Cockhearn, 25, and Eldridge Gittens, 34. In a twist on the all too often police shooting suspects, none are “in the country illegally,” the daily reports.