Today: Jul 11 , 2020

US Marshalls Assist in Arrest of Attempted Homicide Suspects

06 May 2020   Dwight D'Evelyn

Bruce Moore refused to cooperate initially.

On May 3, 2020, YCSO detectives sought and obtained no bond warrants for suspect’s Moore and Elia. Detectives requested assistance from the U.S. Marshalls Office out of Flagstaff for investigative support and a joint operation in the search effort. During this time, YCSO detectives developed leads on the possible whereabouts and both agencies worked together on the follow-up. 

Yesterday, May 4, 2020, YCSO deputies and US Marshalls located Moore in an outbuilding on a property in the 6000 block of Storm Shadow Drive, Poland Junction, Arizona. Moore refused to cooperate and exit the building. The area was contained and the YCSO SWAT team deployed along with a negotiator. Moore continued refusing to cooperate. A chemical irritant was introduced into the building and Moore eventually agreed to surrender and was taken into custody around 2:30 PM.

 Moore admitted shooting at the victim on May 2 following an earlier confrontation at another nearby location. After firing a round, he saw the victim drop behind the SUV. Moore heard a second shot and thought it was the victim firing back, not realizing Elia fired a weapon. Moore refused to state where the firearm could be found. 

Bullet damage from May 2nd shooting.

 Shortly after Moore’s arrest, detectives learned Elia had been dropped off at an apartment building in Spring Valley. SWAT members, patrol units and US Marshall personnel were able to find the apartment and located Elia hiding behind the headboard of a bed inside the apartment. He was taken into custody just before 6PM and refused to discuss the original incident. 

Both were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Discharge of a firearm at a structure, Aggravated Assault, Misconduct involving Weapons, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespassing. Each held without bond. 

Sheriff Mascher would like to thank US Marshall District Supervisor David Gonzales from the Phoenix Office, for authorizing the assistance of the Deputy Marshall team based out of Flagstaff.