Two arrests have been made in connection with a body dumped at a truck stop in the far West Valley earlier this week.
Around 12:30 p.m. Monday, police got a call about two men who were seen dumping a human body at the Travel Center of America Truck Stop at 339th Avenue and Interstate 10.
The body was identified as 17-year-old Jonathan Michael-Andrew Greth.
According to police, Greth, 20-year-old Matthew Peters, and 18-year-old Lambert Domingo-Metcalf, Jr., broke into a house near Buckeye on Monday.
A man who lives in the area, Lloyd Smithey, heard what was going on and tried to stop the three men.
The three ran off once they heard Smithey. They jumped into a car and tried to flee, but Smithey wasn't letting them get away that easily.
This is Arizona, so, naturally, Smithey had a gun with him. As the three were making their escape, Smithey fired a shot at the car. He says he didn't know whether it had hit anyone.
Apparently it had.
Police say the shot may have hit Greth in the chest.
Smithey hasn't been charged with any crimes but Peters and Domingo-Metcalf, Jr. will be charged with first-degree murder, burglary and disposing of a dead body.
The investigation is still open and police plan to recreate the shooting scene to validate Smithey's story.
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