Statement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Arrest of Street Shooter Suspect by Phoenix Police DepartmentStatement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Arrest of Street Shooter Suspect by Phoenix Police Department<div class="ExternalClassA5BC9A39CFF74914866C08B0177FFFA2"><p>​"The Phoenix Police Department has made an arrest in the case of a string of shootings in 2016 that claimed the lives of nine people and injured two more in west and east-central Phoenix.</p><p>This arrest is a credit to the Phoenix Police Department and to Phoenix residents, who worked together to take what we believe to be a very dangerous individual off the street. </p><p>This case never ceased to be a priority in the joint public safety effort between Phoenix Police, the Department of Public Safety, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice. For more than a year, detectives pursued every lead and ran down every tip provided by residents – more than 3,500 leads in all. </p><p>My office held numerous community meetings to update the public and to encourage residents to report suspicious activity to police. The Phoenix Police Department assembled a special task force of dozens of officers to focus on the case night and day, and we enlisted the help of the English- and Spanish-language media, even producing a two-hour call-in special on Univision called "Voices of Maryvale," during which we encouraged viewers to report any and all tips to Silent Witness, which created a $75,000 reward for such information.</p><p>I know many of the detectives and officers who worked on this case personally. This multiple homicide investigation consumed them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The residents in the communities affected by these tragedies understand these acts of violence are not a true reflection of their neighborhoods. Everyone in Phoenix, no matter where they live, should follow the example set by these residents to trust and partner with their police department and get involved to report suspicious activity. </p><p>Now that an arrest has been made, we must let the judicial system run its course to bring justice to the victims and their families, and, in time, to help begin the healing process."</p></div>5/8/2017 10:25:00 PMStephanie Bracken602.534.1209