Police, US Marshals arrest 4 in connection to deadly Tempe shooting

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 16:27:10-04

New details have been released in a Tempe shooting that left two dead and another wounded.

On May 25, four men were arrested at various locations, for their involvement in the shooting. With the help of a U.S. Marshals task force, Tempe police arrested 18-year-old Brandon Nichols, 18-year-old Taylor Bush, 19-year-old Montre Williams, and 20-year-old Justin Santos.

Police say on May 18 they found 16-year-old Kayon Williams and 20-year-old DeSean Estrada shot to death inside a car at an apartment complex near Kyrene and Elliot Roads. A third victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Williams and Estrada believed they were meeting with the suspects to complete a drug deal. However, the four suspects conspired to rob the two of marijuana and cash.

Police received suspect descriptions from witnesses at the apartment complex and the surviving victim. 

Police say Santos and Williams communicated via social media to set up the drug buy and cell phone records showed that it was Santos that provided the victims with the final location.

Police located the weapon they believed was used in the murder, a handgun with a green laser site, at Nichols place of employment. Police say,”Nichols co-conspirators identified him as the person who shot all three victims.”
The vehicle matching the suspect car was found when police arrested Taylor Bush.

All four are being held on $2 Million bonds on two counts each of 1st-degree murder, aggravated assault, and armed robbery.