Sunizona man charged in shooting death of neighbor - Tucson News Now


Sunizona man charged in shooting death of neighbor

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in Sunizona. 

According to a media release, deputies responded to a 911 call in the 6000 block of East Apache Street around 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10. 

The 911 caller told deputies that his neighbor, 48-year-old Jesse Lee Steel, had come to his front door and rang the bell. 

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The caller, 59-year-old Sam Coleman, said he and his wife, 58-year-old Elizabeth Coleman, had planned to give Steel some kittens, and he believed Steel was there to pick them up. 

Sam Coleman was upstairs when his wife answered the door. 

He said he heard gunshots, then saw Steel come into his bedroom and start firing shots at him. 

Sam Coleman and Steel struggled, before Steel left and got into his car. 

Sam Coleman told deputies he had a gun, and had fired two shots at Steel before Steel drove away. 

He saw his wife on the floor and called for help. 

Sam Coleman suffered several gunshot wounds to his upper body, and was taken to a Tucson hospital for surgery. He's now in stable condition.

Elizabeth Coleman died at the scene. 

Deputies and US Border Patrol Agents searched the area and were able to find Steel at a residence on Turkey Track. 

He was booked into the Cochise County Jail on the following charges:

  • Burglary
  • Entering a residence with the intent to assault
  • Two counts of aggravated assault
  • Attempted murder
  • Murder.

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