A suspected serial killer has killed himself as Police surrounded the hotel he was staying at.
ABC News is reporting Dwight Lamon Jones, 56, died early Monday at an Extended Stay America hotel in Arizona after a police standoff. Jones is now linked to the killings of six people over several days in Arizona, police said Monday, and it appears the victims were connected to the suspect’s divorce.
Jones’ 2011 divorce with his wife involved fights over money and child-custody issues, and Jones was mandated to have psychiatric evaluation therapy, records showed. One of the people ordered to evaluate Jones was well-known psychologist Dr. Steven Pitt, who is also believed to be the first victim connected to Jones, officials said.
As we reported Sunday, Pitt was a prominent forensic psychiatrist who assisted in high-profile murder cases including the death JonBenet Ramsey. The fifth and six killings, which authorities announced Monday, took place just hours before the suspect’s death.
According to NBC News, Sgt. Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department told reporters that while police were surrounding Jones, “There were multiple shots fired from inside that room”
Lewis added that while the adjacent rooms were being evacuated. “No officer fired any shots during today’s operation.”