PHOENIX - An ex-convict who engaged in a gunbattle with law enforcement on a Phoenix-area freeway was paroled from a Colorado prison in October after serving 4 1/2 years of a combined nine-year sentence on assault charges.
Colorado officials say Andrew J. Rael entered prison in April 2009 and was eligible for parole in May 2012 but the parole board didn't chose to release him until last fall. He was granted permission to serve his parole in his native Arizona.
Police suspect that the 25-year-old Rael killed a tow-truck driver on Sunday and a convenience-store employee hours later before opening fire on Department of Public Safety officers with an assault rifle on U.S. 60. He was killed in the shootout that snarled traffic during the Monday commute.