PD: Phoenix man shot, killed by brother-in-law

PHOENIX - A 42-year-old man died Sunday afternoon after police say he was shot and killed by his brother-in-law.

Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes said around 8:45 a.m., officers were called to a home near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road to investigate a shooting call.

A woman called police and said her brother, Steven Lomax Jr., 33, had shot her husband, Richard Swann, inside the home. Lomax then took the phone and admitted to officers he shot Swann and was no longer armed.

When police arrived at the home, Lomax immediately surrendered and was taken into custody.

"A white car came speeding over here with two police cars behind him. I heard gunshots and cops were right here and arrested somebody, then took him in and everything," said neighbor, Eduardo Arenas.

Officers found Swann inside the home suffering from gunshot wounds. Holmes said the man was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police are still trying to determine why Lomax shot his brother-in-law. Authorities said initial reports indicate there was a dispute between the two men, but it is unclear about what.

Holmes said police also believe Swann's mother-in-law and two children also live at the home, but were not present when the shooting occurred.

"It's horrible to see someone just come in and shoot someone. Especially on Easter Sunday. It's supposed to be a day about family," said Arenas.

Authorities said Lomax was booked into jail and is facing 1st degree murder charges.




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