Terrell Andy Moore, 28 faces two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of unlawfully discharging a firearm.
Police say Moore heard his car alarm go off, investigated and saw damage from a break in attempt as the suspect who is now a, “victim”, Jason Rhymes-Taylor, 29, walking away from the home near Union Hills and 31st Drive.
Police said the victim fled to a getaway pickup truck containing two passengers and a vehicle chase began as Moore jumped into his own car. After approximately a one mile chase, Moore allegedly opened fire on Rhymes-Taylor.
Both Moore and Rhymes-Taylor went to their homes. Family members took Rhymes-Taylor to the hospital and a police investigation was undertaken.
Rhymes-Taylor suffered two minor gunshot wounds, was treated and released from the hospital.
Police quickly ruled out self-defense because they are convinced that Rhymes-Taylor was unarmed and merely fleeing from Moore.
I’m waiting to hear the other side of this story since Rhymes-Taylor went home he certainly had time to discard any weapons he may have used or possessed.
Chasing auto thieves is perfectly legal although generally a terrible idea as is shooting car-to-car on city streets.
Arizona has really draconian penalties for these kinds of cases and so far Moore faces more than 30 years in prison.
As for the suspected auto thief, he got a free ride and won’t face any charges.
A jury will decide whether excessive force was used by Moore unless he accepts a plea agreement. Maricopa County prosecutors will never accept any plea deals with less than five years behind bars in such a case.
Even if Moore is later cleared his life will be forever changed.
Read my long time friend Arizona Republic reporter Brent Whiting’s story here.