35-year-old Cleophus Cooksey has been linked to nine shooting deaths in Phoenix, Arizona last month. He allegedly killed nine people over the course of just three weeks.
On December 17, 2017, Cooksey was caught red-handed — he was charged with shooting and killing his mother and stepfather. When officers arrived at the scene, Cooksey was covered in blood.
Just weeks later, ballistic evidence showed that Cooksey was involved in several other homicides. The first one began on November 27 in a parking lot with two other men. Cooksey continued his killing streak with shootings on December 2, December 11, December 13, and December 16.
The shootings took place in Phoenix, Glendale, and Avondale, and the victims' ages were between 21 and 56 years old. Authorities have said that they are certain there are other unsolved murders linked to Cooksey.
Cooksey has been in and out of custody for over a decade. Over the course of 16 years, he’s acquired dozens of criminal charges. In 2001, Cooksey was convicted of manslaughter when he was just 18 years old. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Cooksey was recently released just months prior to his first murder in 2017.
On a brighter note, the police department is thankful for their new intelligence membership with National Crime Gun Intelligence Center. The membership allows investigators an easier and faster process to test links among ballistic evidence, such as shell casings, guns, and projectiles.
"To solve nine homicides in a period of three weeks is outstanding," Phoenix Police Sgt. Jonathan Howard told AZCentral.
Thanks to this new technology, investigators are able to solve crimes much faster. We are so grateful for the men and women serving our towns, cities, and country. Without them, this man would not have been caught. Finally, the victim's family can put their mind at rest knowing this man is behind bars.
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