Police probe possible link between Arizona deaths

January 9, 2012 - 12:50 PM
Arizona Deputy Killed

This photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's office shows deputy William Coleman. Coleman, 50 was shot and killed while answering a burglary call in the north Phoenix community of Anthem early Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, and other deputies shot the suspect, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities hope to get ballistic results back Monday to determine if a deputy sheriff fatally shot while answering a burglary call and a New Hampshire couple found dead in their car were killed by the same gunman.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says investigators are examining a possible link between the shootings because similar weapons are believed to have been used in both cases.

Deputy William Coleman was gunned down Sunday at a north Phoenix medical building after a man got out of a van and opened fire.

The suspect was fatally shot by other deputies. His identity hasn't been released.

James Johnson, of Jaffrey, N.H., and Carol Raynsford, of Nelson, N.H., were found dead Friday in a sedan at a remote turnout on Arizona 89A.