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Man Arrested in Killing of Father in Front of 2-Year-Old Son

On Tuesday, police arrested 31-year-old J’Jamar Washington on suspicion of second-degree murder. Washington is suspected of shooting and killing Carl Scott on Sunday night in front of Scott’s 2-year-old son, The Arizona Republic reports.

Police found 29-year-old Scott with a gunshot wound lying in the middle of the street near 36th Avenue and Colter Street. Scott later died of his injuries at a nearby hospital.

According to Phoenix police, Scott was driving in the area with his son at around 11 a.m. After Scott got into an altercation with three men, one of the men allegedly shot Scott in the stomach. Police found Scott on the ground outside the car.

Scott’s son, who presumably witnessed the shooting, was still strapped into his car seat inside the car. He was placed with Arizona Child Protective Services until his family could be notified.

Initially, the suspects remained at large. Tuesday morning, however, police arrested Washington in connection with the crime.

Generally, a second-degree murder is a murder that wasn’t premeditated, or planned. Under Arizona’s criminal code, a person commits second-degree murder when, without premeditation, he intentionally causes the death of another person, knowingly acts in a way that will cause death or serious physical injury, or recklessly engages in conduct that creates a grave risk of death. Second-degree murder is a Class 1 felony and is punishable by 10 to 22 years in prison.

Police believe that J’Jamar Washington shot Carl Scott. If Washington is convicted of the second-degree murder charge, it’s likely he’ll be behind bars for at least a decade.

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