Gilbert detectives want to talk to two men who gave a ride to a homicide suspect shortly after police say he gunned down his ex-wife’s estranged husband.
"We are asking for these two subjects to call the Gilbert Police Department and offer any information they may have observed during the ride," said Sgt. Jeff Esslinger.
According to court documents, James Garrison entered Richard Richardson’s home in the 4500 block of Palomar Court armed with a .38-caliber revolver shortly after 6 a.m. Monday and forced Richardson to accompany him in Richardson’s vehicle.
Richardson, 39, was shot three blocks away near Arrowhead and Lost Springs trails after being chased on foot by Garrison, police said. Garrison, a 45-year-old Mesa resident, then fled in Richardson’s minivan, police said.
The van was found near Power Road and San Tan Boulevard, and police believe Garrison caught a ride there.
Garrison was arrested about 6:30 p.m. on suspicion of first-degree murder after a police negotiator persuaded him to turn himself in near Country Club Drive and U.S. 60 in Mesa. He also faces eight other felony charges and one misdemeanor charge.
Garrison is being held in the county’s Madison Street Jail in Phoenix without bail. He turned down a request for a jailhouse interview.
Court records indicate the men had argued last week at a grocery store.
Gilbert police Cmdr. Tim Dorn said Richardson’s estranged wife was once married to Garrison.
Court records show Kymbria Richardson filed for divorce and an order of protection from Richard Richardson in January 2003. Documents also indicate the couple repeatedly reconciled and broke up in the months following.
Richard Richardson was an air-conditioner salesman who was devoted to his children, Krysten, 12, Curtis, 10, and Cameron, 9, said David Newgaard, a friend and former employer of Richardson.
"I feel he gave up his life here Monday in some type of effort revolving around these kids," Newgaard wrote in an e-mail.
The two men who gave Garrison a ride are asked to call detective Pete Smith at (480) 635-7192.