This tragic case takes road rage to a whole new level. An Arizona man is dead and police believe he was shot for simply looking at another man while stopped at a red light.
Nicolas Elliott, 26, was arrested Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of Alex Mixon in March, the City of Phoenix Police Department said in a Friday press release.
At first, it all seemed like a standard single car collision, police said. First responders responded to a report of a “single car accident” on March 1, where a car appeared to have “clipped a power pole and ran into a wall.”
Mixon, 26, was at the wheel and while he was taken to a nearby hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries.
It soon became apparent that his death was no accident. His autopsy revealed that he had been shot and a day after the incident his death was ruled a homicide, Arizona Central reports.
As the months went on, investigators collected enough evidence together to arrest Elliott, whom they believe killed Mixon over a simple glance.
“Investigators believe Elliott shot Mixon for simply looking at him while stopped at a red traffic light,” police said.
They noted, that "pulling up next to another car and looking over at the driver may seem like a common occurrence, but it now appears to be the motive behind a violent murder."
Elliot now faces murder, aggravated assault and various weapons and drug charges. Investigators say that guns and heroin were found in a hotel room where Elliott was arrested, Fox10 in Phoenix reports. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf at this time. He’s being held on a $1 million bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Friday.
Elliott allegedly bragged about the shooting, according to court documents obtained by Arizona Central. He also allegedly admitted to police that he got angry with a man while waiting at a red light for looking at him but that he forgot whether or not he shot him.
The victim’s family has released a statement about Mixon, stating, “Alex had the biggest heart and cared deeply for those around him. He lived for his art, loved animals and was a devoted fan of the Diamondbacks. He always loved to laugh and be surrounded with people. Above all else he never missed an opportunity to help someone else.”
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