Police Nab Scott Curley, Suspect in Murder of Utah Deptuy Brian Harris

Police Nab Scott Curley, Suspect in Murder of Utah Deptuy Brian Harris
Suspect Scott Curley (AP Photo/Coconino County Sheriff's Office)

FREDONIA, Ariz. (CBS/AP) The search for Scott Curley, accused of shooting and killing a Utah sheriff's deputy Thursday, ended when Arizona officials captured Curley near the Utah-Arizona border early Monday morning, reported authorities. 

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Law enforcement officials arrested Curley, 23, shortly past midnight in the rugged countryside near Kanab, Utah after they received a tip from a local resident.

"The caller advised that a suspicious person was trying to get into his home," said Jim Driscol, chief deputy of the Coconino County Sheriff's Department in Arizona.

The resident told officials that the he was sleeping when the sound of barking dogs awoke him. He looked out the window, saw a person with a rifle slung over his shoulder and quickly alerted police, reported Driscol at a news conference held Monday morning in Kanab, which is about 10 miles north of Fredonia, Ariz.

Seventeen police officers responded to the call and immediately found Curley, who surrendered without resistance, according to Driscol.

According to officials, Harris, 41, was on foot in pursuit of a burglary suspect Thursday afternoon when the suspect opened fire on Harris, killing the deputy with a high-powered rifle.

At the time of his arrest, Curley was reportedly in possession of the high-powered rifle he allegedly used to kill Harris.

Coconino County sheriff's commander Kurt Braatz said around 100 local, state and federal authorities were involved in the exhausting manhunt for Curley.

The U.S. Marshals Service offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Curley's capture, but as of Monday there was no information released regarding the status of the reward.

Deputies questioned Curley early Monday and the Coconino County Sheriffs Office said it would seek extradition from Utah.

Authorities said Curley faces a first-degree murder charge in Arizona.

MORE ON CRIMESIDER.August 27, 2010 - Manhunt for Scott Curley, Suspect in Murder of Utah Deputy Brian Harris


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