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Phoenix PD: Man admits to killing girlfriend, shooting neighbor with stolen gun

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 13:31:12-04

PHOENIX — Police are investigating a murder and aggravated assault at a Phoenix apartment complex.

The incident happened near 16th Street and Thomas Road around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say a 21-year-old man parked his car along the curb to run into his apartment for a moment. As he was walking back to his car, a neighbor, identified as 38-year-old Michael Cornell Bryant, shot the man.

The victim ran to safety and called 911, and officers arrived and detained Bryant, who still had the firearm. Officials learned the gun was stolen from the victim’s car.

The man who was shot is expected to survive his injuries.

Officers were directed to Bryant’s apartment, where his door was ajar. Inside, 37-year-old Jacqueline Gooden, Bryant’s girlfriend, was found dead.

Bryant reportedly admitted to killing his girlfriend, and then stealing the gun from the man’s car and shooting him.

Bryant was booked into jail on numerous charges including first-degree murder and aggravated assault.