Police Arrest Suspect in Phoenix-Area Freeway Shootings

A 21-year-old landscaper who is the suspect in a series of Phoenix freeway shootings was arrested after trying to sell a gun at a pawn shop.

Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. is expected to make an initial appearance in court Saturday, a day after he was arrested at a Wal-Mart in Glendale, a suburb west of Phoenix.

Merritt was taken into custody at about 7 p.m. Friday, said Daniel Scarpinato, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey.

Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead, announcing the arrest at a news conference two hours later, said Merritt had not been formally charged yet.

Milstead said the suspect was arrested in the first four shootings, which took place on Aug