Shooting suspect Steven Lomax. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Richard Swann died after he was found shot multiple times Easter Sunday. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
It happened near 81st Avenue and Indian School Road. (Source: CBS 5 News)
(Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A man suspected in the shooting death of his brother-in-law allegedly told police he decided Easter morning to kill the victim to stop what he believed was a cycle of physical and mental abuse directed at his sister, according to a court document.
Steven Lomax Jr., 33, was on the phone to a 911 operator when he was arrested about 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning after 42-year-old Richard Lee Swann was shot. Swann died at a hospital about 4 p.m. Sunday and Lomax was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder.
Lomax said that when he arrived at the house near 81st Avenue and Indian School Road, he asked the rest of the family to go for a walk, retrieved a handgun and shot Swann multiple times in a bedroom, according to the document.
Debra Swann, Richard Swann, two children and Lomax reportedly lived in the house together, according to the document.
Lomax later told his sister, Debra Swann, that "I killed your husband," and she called 911 to report the shooting, according to the document. While on the phone with police, Lomax allegedly shot the victim one more time, according to the document.
Lomax reportedly told police that he thought the only way to end the cycle of alleged abuse was to kill the victim, the document stated.
Swann was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition, where he later died, said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.
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