PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. — A suspect has been detained on suspicion of fatally running over an elderly man in Pinal County.
Ricky Gibson, 20, is suspected of killing former retired police sergeant Melvin Moore during a dispute over stolen property, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
Moore, 85, had hired Gibson to do some odd jobs around his property. After his motorized bike disappeared, Moore confronted Gibson about allegedly taking the property.
PCSO said Gibson allegedly told an associate that, during the confrontation, Gibson got into Moore's truck and ran him over.
A passerby later found Moore lying on the side of the road Wednesday afternoon near Bateman Street and Hudson Road in Randolph. He later died at the hospital.
Moore's truck was found abandoned near Turquoise Trail and La Palma Road.
Gibson was later found at a nearby residence and taken into custody. He's been booked into jail and faces a charge of first-degree murder.
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