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Police: Man killed in front seat of vehicle identified

Police: Man killed in front seat of vehicle identified

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police have identified James Shultz, 50, as the man who was shot and killed in the front seat of a vehicle on Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Maria Hawke with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that officers responded to the 50 block of West King regarding a shooting incident.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Shultz suffering from obvious signs of trauma seated in the driver’s seat of a car.

Tucson Fire also responded to the scene and transported Shultz to a local hospital.  He later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Detectives discovered Shultz and a female passenger had encountered another man and woman while at a store on North Oracle Road. While in the parking lot, a verbal confrontation ensued between members of  each pair, said Hawke.

James Lee Derrington, 32, was seen with a rifle at that time.

Detectives discovered that after seeing the rifle, Shultz and his female passenger left the area in their vehicle and drove to the address on King, said Hawke. Derrington and his female passenger followed them to the address.

The female passenger with Shultz exited the vehicle to make contact with a resident.

Derrington drove his vehicle up to the Shultz’s vehicle, stopping alongside and fired his weapon at the victim. He then drove away from the area with his female passenger still in the car.

The detectives were able to determine that they had prior relationships or knowledge of each other, said Hawke.

While in the process of recovering the gun and continuing their investigation, detectives learned that Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies located Derrington after he walked out of a desert area in the vicinity of North La Cholla Road and West Ruthrauff Road.

Derrington has been charged with one count of first degree murder.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.