Police: Airport lockdown followed drug shooting

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.


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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An attempted drug transaction triggered a shooting that led to a three-hour lockdown of the busiest terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, police said Friday.

One of three suspects arrested in the case told police that the trio had gone to a Tempe gas station Thursday afternoon to meet a man and buy $700 worth of marijuana.

They told police that the man got into their car and took out a gun and was shot in the ensuing struggle.

The three suspects — two men and a woman — were pursued in a high-speed chase that ended at the Phoenix airport.

All three ran from the car, but two were quickly apprehended. A second man remained at large for about three hours as hundreds of officers searched Terminal 4. He ultimately was found hiding in a parking garage.

The lockdown of the terminal, which is one of three at Sky Harbor, resulted in 25 flight cancellations and delays of others.

Tempe police on Friday identified the suspects as Layron Dejarnette, 25; Louis Anthony Clark, 25, and Rosetta Salazar, 18. It could not be immediately determined Friday afternoon if any of them have attorneys yet.

Dejarnette was being held on suspicion of reckless driving, conspiracy and unlawful flight from law enforcement. Salazar was accused of marijuana possession, conspiracy and use of an electronic communication for a drug transaction, police said.

They said Clark was being held on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct with a weapon, tampering with evidence, conspiracy, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The man who was shot remained hospitalized but is expected to live, according to police. His name hasn't been released.

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