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Six suspects identified in connection with death of Chandler cop

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Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:09 pm | Updated: 12:21 pm, Wed Aug 4, 2010.

Six suspects incarcerated in connection to Wednesday's shooting death of an undercover Chandler police detective each are facing three counts of first-degree murder charges and numerous aggravated assault and drug-related charges.

The suspects range in age from 25 to 40. Five of the six suspects have been booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and the sixth suspect remains hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds, according to Phoenix police.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 2300 block of West Maldonado Road, a shootout broke out inside a south Phoenix residence that left Chandler police Detective Carlos Ledesma dead and two other Chandler undercover officers injured. Two of the suspects believed to be firing at the officers also were killed and two of the suspects were injured. One of the Chandler officers was released from the hospital on Thursday and the other officer remains in stable but critical condition.

Ledesma, 34, was married and had two children, according to Chandler police Chief Sherry Kiyler.

Ledesma also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and had prior law-enforcement experience in Iowa, according to Detective Frank Mendoza, a Chandler police spokesman.

The five suspects booked into the county jail - Jerry Cockhearn, 25; Eldridge Gittens, 34; Doarnell Jackson, 35; Thadika Singleton, 38; and John Webber, 37 - all were booked on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and one count of burglary.

Jackson and Gittens, who were convicted felons and prohibited possessors of weapons, also are facing charges for using a gun during a drug sale, according to Phoenix police. In 2005, Jackson was sentenced to a year in prison for disorderly conduct, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records.

All of the suspects also are facing one count of possession of marijuana for sale, according to police.

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