The Scottdale Police and Tempe Fire Department are gathering to pay their respects to their colleague, 34-year-old Kyle Brayer, a Tempe Fire Captain, who passed away on Sunday at the hospital following an altercation with an armed individual.
Tempe Fire Captain Gunned Down Without Provocation
Following the death of Firefighter Captain Kyle Brayer, Mark Mitchell, the Mayor of Tempe, declared that this is a senseless act of violence and that the perpetrator will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
According to the Scottdale Police report, on Sunday evening, Brayer, who was off-duty, went with a couple of friends to the nearby golf course. After renting a golf cart, the party set out to begin the game.
One eyewitness recalls that, at one point, the gold cart carrying Brayer and his friends was overtaken by a red Scion coupe. The car circled a couple of times and soon began hitting the back side of the golf cart. Irked by the reckless driver, the Tempe Fire Captain left the cart and went to confront the individual.
As he approached the vehicle, Brayer could not have guessed that minor altercation could turn into a tragedy. After confronting the individual about the accident, the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Hezron Parks, allegedly took out his gun, shot the off-duty fire captain in the head and fled the scene before Brayer’s friends could apprehend him.
The man was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, but, unfortunately, he passed away later that day due to his extensive injuries. Parks was eventually tracked down by the Scottsdale Police Department and arrested.
For his deed, the man has been charged with second-degree murder and booked into county jail. No bail was set for Parks and, at this moment, it’s not clear whether the individual hired an attorney or not.
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