The man shot and killed by an agent with the U. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in the parking lot of a Scottsdale Whataburger Friday had recently been convicted of human trafficking, police said in a statement released Saturday morning.
Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations had been attempting to serve the felony warrant on Friday.
Dunham was arrested in for operating a Tempe-based sex trafficking ringthe state Attorney General's Office confirmed Saturday. On April 19, a Tempe police officer working undercover in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security responded to the "Thai escort" online advertisement, The Arizona Republic reported in a story.
Police: man fatally shot by homeland security agent was convicted of sex trafficking
He had to undergo a background check by a third-party site, as escort services will attempt to weed out the possibility of a police officer being able to secure services. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts—one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and one of facilitation to commit sex trafficking as part of a plea deal in NovemberMia Garcia, director of media relations for the Arizona Attorney General, told The Republic on Saturday. He also missed a second scheduled sentencing date a week later as he was in the hospital with pneumonia.
Dunham failed to appear at the third sentencing three weeks later on Feb. A warrant was issued for his arrest, Garcia said.
Dunham was located in the parking lot of the Scottsdale restaurant when he was approached by an agent at approximately a. Friday — nine days after the missed court date, Hoster said.
Police said Dunham pulled out a handgun, prompting the agent to draw his own weapon and shoot the man. Garcia said that when the warrant was issued there was no indication Dunham was armed or posed any threat to law enforcement.
The incident was one of three police shootings in the Valley Friday. Eight people have been shot dead in 13 total incidents since the start of the year.
Friday's total s for nearly half of the fatal police shootings in Maricopa County in The last time there were three police shootings in one day was on July 27, Two of those shootings were fatal. A Glendale police sergeant was injured Friday in an exchange of gunfire with a fugitive near 43rd and Olive avenues.
Another officer later shot the year-old man who was wanted on a burglary charge. Police said he had a history of assaults on officers.
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A spokesman for the department said the officer was recovering Saturday. In Mesa, the East Valley fugitive-apprehension team shot year-old Christopher Race, who was suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in a nail salon last month.
Race had been under surveillance by police and a U. Marshals Service task force, officials said. Police said he was shot outside of his home near Baseline and Ellsworth ro after he charged at officers while holding a knife. For more stories that matter, subscribe to azcentral.
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