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Negotiator helps nab Gilbert slaying suspect

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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 12:26 pm | Updated: 4:56 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A 39-year-old man was shot and killed Monday morning by an attacker who chased him down a Gilbert street, police said.

Richard R. Richardson, who lived in the Power Ranch neighborhood, was flown to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix with multiple gunshot wounds and later died, said Gilbert police Cmdr. Tim Dorn.

James Garrison, 45, was arrested about 6:30 p.m. in connection with the shooting after a police negotiator persuaded him to turn himself in near Country Club Drive and U.S. 60 in Mesa.

"He kept calling (the negotiator) off and on all day, and the officer developed a rapport with him," Dorn said. "He had some concerns about what was going to happen to him, but he also had some personal things he wanted to take care of, so we gave him some time. The important thing is that it came to a peaceful resolution."

Garrison was speaking with investigators late Monday night, and detectives expected to book him into Maricopa County’s Madison Street Jail in Phoenix, Dorn said.

Garrison is suspected of confronting Richardson for an unknown reason about 6:15 a.m. in Power Ranch, police said.

"The victim was attempting to run and was shot by Garrison," Dorn said.

Garrison then drove away in a 2002 Chrysler Voyager minivan that belonged to Richardson, Dorn said. The van was later found near Power Road and San Tan Boulevard, in Chandler Heights.

Police were calling it a domestic dispute.

Richardson was married to a woman who was divorced from Garrison, Dorn said.

Richardson and his wife were separated and going through divorce proceedings.

The wife, who was not named, also lives at a home in Power Ranch with her three children, Dorn said.

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