A Casa Grande man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 21-year-old pregnant woman whose baby later was successfully delivered at a nearby hospital, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Ronald James Thompson, 31, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Angel Bollinger of Coolidge after a disagreement occurred between several people about 10:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 1000 block of East Martin Road in an unincorporated area south of Coolidge, authorities said.
Thompson had just been released Tuesday from the Pinal County jail on an $11,538 bond, according to information from the jail. Thompson is scheduled to begin a jury trial on March 10 in Pinal County Superior Court on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with serious physical injury and theft, according to the court’s records.
No bond has been set yet in connection with the fatal shooting.
Investigators determined that the disagreement took place between several people at the home, and following an altercation, the people were separated. But Thompson later returned and is accused of shooting Bollinger and Harvey Rushing Jr., 23, of Coolidge, said Lt. Tamatha Villar, spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
Rushing apparently drove his car with Bollinger inside to get help and stopped across the street from the Galloping Goose Bar at 1980 S. Arizona Blvd., Villar said. A cook outside the bar after his shift heard the commotion and went over to the car to see what happened, according to a worker inside the bar who did not want to give her name.
Bollinger was seven months pregnant, Villar said.
Emergency room staff delivered Bollinger’s baby at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Villar said. In the confusion of the emergency delivery, the staff initially did not know whether the newborn was a boy or a girl, Villar said.
The baby is a boy, according to Kai Gerkey, spokesman for Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. The boy was later taken to a Valley hospital, but officials there said they could not release any information on the baby’s condition at this time.
Rushing, who was shot in the arm, is expected to recover and was at a hospital in Maricopa County.
Bollinger’s next of kin have been notified and Child Protective Services also are involved.
“We were in touch with the next of kin, and they are making arrangements for the baby,” Villar said.
Detectives on Friday were interviewing witnesses and other people of interest, and executing several search warrants, Villar said.