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PD: Woman shot, killed by boyfriend near 23rd and Northern avenues late Sunday night

Posted at 6:54 AM, May 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-25 14:42:53-04

PHOENIX — A woman was found dead in Phoenix late Sunday night, and police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Officers were called to the area of 23rd and Northern avenues after 11 p.m. where a woman was found with a gunshot wound.

Officials pronounced the woman, later identified as 49-year-old Minh Thi Phan, dead at the scene.

Police say during the investigation, they developed probable cause to arrest her boyfriend, 58-year-old William Wickware, for first-degree murder.


Police say Wickware drove to a storage unit and placed the handgun used during the shooting inside a pair of shoes.

According to police documents, Wickware told his daughter that he had no remorse for the killing and did not want to be arrested. He reportedly told his daughters he "planned on 'going out with a bang.'"

However, he told police that he only meant to "scare" the victim and make her stop yelling, and the deadly shooting was an accident. He reportedly wrote an apology letter to the victim's family.