A resident of a Phoenix homeless shelter shot and killed an employee at the facility on Monday, possibly because he had just been told he was being kicked out, a Maricopa County sheriff's spokeswoman said.
A deputy patrolling near the downtown Phoenix shelter heard several shots at about 9 a.m., sheriff's deputy Lindsey Smith said. When the deputy arrived, several people pointed out 60-year-old shelter resident George Overturf as the assailant. Smith says he was arrested without incident and a firearm was recovered.
The victim, 47-year-old shelter manager Kevin Collins, was shot several times and died at a local hospital.
The shooting happened at the Central Arizona Shelter Services' 415-bed main shelter in central Phoenix.
It is possible that Collins had told Overturf that he had to leave the shelter and that prompted the shooting, Smith said.
"Literally, this could be that it is a case of him shooting the messenger," Smith said.
Overturf had not yet been formally booked into jail and charges hadn't been specified Monday afternoon.
The shelter issued a statement saying they were cooperating with the sheriff's investigation. They said Collins had worked at the shelter for five years.
"Central Arizona Shelter Services is deeply saddened to announce the loss of a member of our CASS family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin