Phoenix man accused of shooting federal officer outside courthouse


The FBI said Wednesday that a 68-year-old man was arrested and arrested in a court in Phoenix, Ariz., On charges of assaulting a federal security officer.

James Lee Carr was killed near the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse on Tuesday, driving a silver sedan and firing the officer three times, killing him in his protective vest.

The officer fired, while Carr fired eight times.

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Carr telephoned his brother, who contacted the rest of his family members, and was able to take the gun away from him and call the officers. According to court documents, Karr told his son that he “shot and killed the security guard” because he was “harassing her.”

The security officer was inspecting a UPS truck to enter the downtown courtyard at the time of the shooting. He was rushed to hospital with non-fatal injuries and is expected to recover fully.

Federal law enforcement personnel stand outside the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse Sept 15 in Phoenix. Authorities said the drive-by shooting injured a federal city security officer outside the city of Phoenix on Tuesday. According to city police and the FBI, the officer was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover, who is investigating. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin)

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Carr’s son said his father had mental health problems. He remains in federal custody.

In June, a court security officer was shot and killed while guarding a federal courtyard in Oakland in protest against police vandalism. An Air Force Sergeant was charged with connections to the far-right “Boogailoo” movement in the shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.