Officer And Man Die In Bus Station Shootout; Search Conducted
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) _ A man sought for questioning in crimes in two states died along with a police officer in a shootout at a bus depot, and authorities searched today for the dead man’s brother, police said.
Officer John Jung, a police spokesman, said a bus driver arriving in Yuma relayed Wednesday that two passengers aboard had been drinking and were creating a disturbance.
At the Greyhound depot, Officer Gary Maas, 28, approached two men later identified as Donald Smith and Edward Neil Smith, 28-year-old twins, Jung said.
As Maas walked toward the men, at least one allegedly produced a weapon and shots were fired, fatally wounding the officer, said Jung. However, Maas was able to return the fire before he died, and Donald Smith was killed, said Jung.
In Spokane, Wash., police Detective Lt. Gary Johnson said the brothers were sought for questioning in the robbery of a retired couple and of a supermarket.
″What we know of them, they are desperados,″ Johnson said Wednesday.
In Cascade, Idaho, Valley County Sheriff M. Blair Shepherd said the brothers were sought for questioning in the death of an 20-year-old airman who was found fatally shot in a car stolen from the Spokane couple.
Investigators believe Mark Eugene Patterson, whose body was found Tuesday by passers-by, was shot after he stopped to help at what he thought was an accident.
Patterson’s pickup truck was missing, the sheriff said.
No formal charges had been filed against the Smiths in the Patterson slaying, Shepherd said.