by Dan Gibson
Tragic news today, according to the Yuma Sun:
The suspect in a series of shootings around Yuma County is dead, police said. Carey Hal Dyess, 73, of Yuma, apparently shot and killed one person in Yuma and three people in Yuma County before shooting himself, according to a press release from the Yuma Police Department.
YPD Spokesman Clint Norred said the shootings are connected, and are currently under investigation.
An additional person was injured and flown to a Phoenix-area hospital.
Dyess was found in the area of Blaisdell and Highway 95 at 11:30 a.m. by Yuma County Sheriff's deputies. He died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Norred would not confirm the identity of any of the victims, but attorneys in the downtown Yuma area confirmed the Yuma victim was attorney Jerrold Shelley, who was shot and killed.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office was called to the first scene this morning, when the body of a woman was found in a yard at Avenue 35-1/2E and Old Highway 80. Initial reports on the police scanner said the woman may have suffered a gunshot wound.
Then, around 9:21 a.m., the Yuma Police Department responded to a shooting in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue in Yuma.
According to police scanner traffic, two more shootings were then reported in the Wellton area, followed by a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Blaisdell off Highway 95. The Yuma Sun has not been able to confirm the location of the sixth shooting.