Friday, June 3, 2011

Carey Hal Dyess, 73 a Divorced husband kills attorney and five others before turning gun on himself in Arizona shooting spree - 3rd June 2011

An elderly man apparently angry over a divorce case went on a shooting spree, killing five people and wounding another before taking his own life.

Carey Hal Dyess, 73, from Arizona, is said to have shot an attorney related to the case and other friends and relatives this morning in and around Yuma County.

The Yuma Sun identified the dead lawyer as Jerrold Shelley, 62, who specialised in divorce cases and was nearing retirement.

Mayor Alan Krieger said details of the incident were sketchy, but that the shootings unfolded at six locations in and around the city, located in the southwestern corner of Arizona near the border with Mexico.

Authories say that Dyess used a rented car to travel between shooting victims.

Court documents show that Dyess, who formerly lived in South Kitsap, was named in 16 court cases from Washington, 12 of which came from Kitsap County. Accusations range from assault to false reporting.

Dyess was divorced four times in Kitsap County, most recently in 1997.

A judge issued an order of protection against Dyess in 2006, which a court clerk said stemmed from a divorce case.

The incident began shortly after 9am local time and continued until about 11am, when the gunman shot himself in a rural area outside Yuma, the mayor said.

He said City Hall and the local courthouse were shut down as a security precaution after news of the shooting spree broke.

A Yuma school official said three nearby elementary schools also were locked down for about two hours.

Mayor Krieger said: 'It's a tragedy. It affects the city, and obviously, that's not the kind of press we would like to have for our city. But it doesn't have anything to do with the way we are in Yuma or Arizona.' Read More