Fountain Hills home connected to shooting spree burglarized overnight

Home connected to shooting spree burglarized
Posted at 10:50 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 10:59:19-04

Officials are investigating an overnight burglary at a Fountain Hills home where two people were found dead in connection with a string of shootings.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home, located near Golden Eagle Boulevard and Sunridge Drive, around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors reported seeing suspicious vehicles parked either in front of the home or driving away from the residence, but when deputies arrived the cars were gone.

An MCSO spokesperson said they did find exterior doors opened, and evidence of a burglary, with several rooms "that had clearly been gone through." No suspects were found inside.

It is unclear at this time what items may have been taken from the home, MCSO said.

No suspect information is available for release, but MCSO is continuing to investigate.

The home has been linked to the deaths of prominent forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt at his Phoenix office on Thursday and two paralegals at an Old Town Scottsdale law office on Friday.

The Saturday morning death of a Scottsdale life coach was also connected.

Police say they were surveilling the suspect, 56-year-old Dwight Jones, and connected him to the Fountain Hills home. When police arrived at the residence Monday around 12:20 a.m. as part of a welfare check, they used a ladder and saw a man shot and killed. Once inside they also found a woman that had been murdered.

The two victims were identified as 70-year-old Mary Simmons and 72-year-old Bryon Thomas. Scottsdale police on Wednesday said the pair had a "social" relationship with Jones, and Simmons had played tennis with him several times.

Police say Jones is believed to be responsible for the shootings.

It's unclear what the motive was behind the shooting at this time. Police have yet to disclose if there was a relationship between the victims and suspect. 

Jones was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound at a Scottsdale hotel on Monday morning