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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Follow Up to Sept. 24th Post: Home Fire May Have Killed Suspect in Attempted Murder

Interesting. In September, a tow truck driver was shot (thankfully, not fatally) at this Phoenix, AZ property. Read the post from 9/24 here. Here's the story from
A man found dead in his burning home Tuesday is believed to be the same man charged recently with attempted murder after the shooting of a tow truck driver at the same Phoenix property, police said.

Police did not identify Jesse Corman by name, but believe his body is the one recovered from his home in the 3700 block of West Dailey Street.

Phoenix firefighters responded to the blaze before 8 p.m. Tuesday in the neighborhood near Thunderbird Road and 35th Avenue. Corman's wife suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, police said. She told first-responders that Corman was despondent. Neighbors also reported that Corman was seen sauntering suspiciously outside the home.

"He was walking around the house with a lighter in his hand saying he wanted to end it all," Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

Corman, 28, faced felony charges of attempted murder, endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits, according to court records after the Sept. 21 shooting of the tow truck driver. His bail had been set at $200,000 by Maricopa County Court Commissioner Jerry Bernstein.

Corman was accused of shooting the driver with an assault rifle before barricading himself at the home. During the incident, he also reportedly flashed a laser and shot fireworks at an overhead police helicopter.

Neighbors said Corman lived on Dailey Street most of his life. His father lives next-door.

Some were shocked to see he was out of jail after the prior incident that frightened residents in the area.

"I just don't know why after he shot the tow truck driver, held the neighborhood up all night and kept an arsenal of guns in his home, why he would be let out of jail," said next-door neighbor Colleen Dwyer.

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