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2013-06-21T00:00:00Z 2013-06-21T08:34:36Z Law & Order BriefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Woman injured in SUV fire on I-10

A woman, injured Thursday morning when her SUV caught fire on Interstate 10, was flown to a burn center in Phoenix for treatment.

The woman, 45, was driving west on I-10 near the Marana exit at about 5:30 a.m. when the vehicle caught fire. She was able to pull off into a median, but was seriously burned before she could get out of the SUV, said Capt. Ryder Hartley, a Northwest Fire District spokesman. No one else was in the SUV.

Investigators do not yet know the cause of the fire, but the SUV is a total loss, Hartley said.

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Shooting victim ID'd; suspect arrested

The victim of a shooting on Sunday has been identified by Tucson police as 50-year-old James Shultz.

Police found Shultz inside a car when they went to the 0-100 block of West King Road after reports of gunfire about 4:35 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The shooting followed a confrontation between Shultz and a couple a few minutes earlier outside a convenience store on North Oracle Road, police said.

After the confrontation, James Lee Derrington and his companion followed Shultz to King Road, and Derrington fired at the man, who was sitting in his car, police said.

Derrington was arrested later Sunday after a Pima County sheriff's deputy found him in a desert area near North La Cholla and West Ruthrauff roads.

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Motorist arrested in shooting incident

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of another man driving a Hummer on the southwest side. A man traveling east on West Irvington Road west of South Mission Road went off the street and crashed the Hummer into a tree Wednesday morning.

A Pima County sheriff's detective in the area working a case saw the crash and went to help the man, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a department spokesman.

The man said he had been shot. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Bañuelos said. He is in critical condition.

Deputies arrested Anthony Acuna, 26, in connection with the shooting. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Mom saves infant son from pool drowning

A 9-month-old boy nearly drowned in a family's backyard swimming pool Thursday afternoon on Tucson's southwest side.

Drexel Heights Fire District firefighters were called to a home in the 6300 block of West Copper Leaf Drive, near West Ajo Highway and South Camino Verde, by a mother who said her infant son was found struggling in the above-ground pool. The 2-foot-high plastic pool was just outside the back patio door.

The mother began CPR on the boy until rescue personnel arrived. When firefighters got to the boy, he was conscious and crying. The child was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.

This is the ninth reported water incident in Pima County this year, of which one was a drowning, the district said.

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Man found guilty in 2010 slaying

A Tucson man accused in the fatal shooting of a 74-year-old man was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors accused Mario Hipolito Enriquez, 26, of lying to police and concocting a cover story to downplay his involvement in the shooting death of William Herr in 2010.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Lew Brandes told jurors that in November 2010, Enriquez went to Herr's house in the 7200 block of South Julia Place, where he shot Herr four times with an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle.

Herr also shot Enriquez, in the face and stomach during the incident. Afterward, Enriquez fled to Mexico to seek medical help.

Enriquez's attorney, Stan Bloom, said his client was defending himself when he shot and killed Herr. Enriquez testified he had gone to Herr's house to help David Robert Ancheta collect a drug debt. Ancheta also faces trial in the killing.

Enriquez was found not guilty on burglary charges in the case. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 13.

Patrick McNamara

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