Terribly Tattooed Gunman Who Tried to Shoot MCSO Deputy Arrested
Well that didn't take long...
Less than 24 hours after Johnny "Irish" McNeel tried to shoot a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy, he was captured in Mesa, MCSO Sergeant Jesse Spurgin confirms to New Times.
We figured it was only a matter of time before McNeel got nabbed, as you can see in the photo to the right, he's got a fairly
stupid unique look -- namely, the "480" tattoo on his chin, which, Spurgin says, is an homage to the Valley's 480 area code.
Authorities say McNeel tried to shoot the deputy near 98th Street and Coralbelle -- near Crismon and Broadway roads -- about 1 a.m yesterday.
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers
TicketsWed., Nov. 2, 7:00pm
Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators
TicketsThu., Nov. 3, 7:00pm
Arizona State University Sun Devils Hockey vs. University of Michigan
TicketsFri., Nov. 4, 7:05pm
2016 Charles Schwab Cup Championship
TicketsWed., Nov. 9, 9:00am
According to authorities, there's currently a warrant out for his arrest for misconduct with a weapon. McNeel has a lengthy criminal history that's landed him as a guest of both the state and the county in the past -- he was recently released from county jail, Spurgin says.
When the deputy stopped him, a fight broke out, which ended when McNeel took out a gun and pulled the trigger. The gun, Spurgin says, jammed, and a bullet was never fired.
As McNeel pulled his gun, the deputy drew and fired his as well. The deputy's gun didn't jam, but McNeel wasn't hit.
McNeel managed to get away after the scuffle, but the MCSO, in collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Office, located him in the confines of the "480" last night.
McNeel was booked into a Phoenix jail on weapons charges. Additional charges are pending.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.