Shooting at Arizona courthouse claims 2 women

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Two women were killed and suspect was taken into custody Tuesday evening following a shooting outside a courthouse in eastern Arizona, authorities said.

Navajo County sheriff’s deputies and local law enforcement responded to the courthouse in Holbrook and found the two victims. Both died from their wounds.

Authorities said the shooting appears to have been prompted by a dispute that stemmed from a custody hearing earlier in the day. Investigators did not immediately release any details about the hearing or the dispute.

“We don’t know the specifics of it,” said county government spokesman Adam Wolfe. “It appears to be a personal motive. This is not a mass shooting attempt.”

The names of the victims and the suspect were not immediately released.

The shooting happened near the end of the work day when the suspect met the two victims outside near the entrance of the courthouse. The incident forced the building to be locked down, but no employees were injured.

Deputies eventually allowed workers to leave Tuesday evening.

Members of the Navajo County homicide task force were at the courthouse late Tuesday combing over the crime scene. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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