PD: Glendale man runs over, kills stepfather in dispute over truck

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Glendale police arrested a man suspected of killing his stepfather by dragging the man behind his truck Friday night.

According to officials, the 30-year-old punched the victim several times and took the keys away from him. His stepfather grabbed the steering wheel, but Ellis started the truck and pulled away at a high rate of speed. 

Man arrested in vehicle-dragging death of stepfather

On Sunday, Glendale police took 30-year-old Tyrus Ellis into custody, officials said Monday.

Ellis returned home two days later, and family members called the police. At first, he barricaded himself in the home, but escaped by going through the attic. 

Police received a call around 1:30 p.m. Friday about a family fight that turned violent, Glendale police said.

Police said the vehicle belonged to another family member and was initially promised to Tyrus Wendell Ellis' stepfather so he could get to work.

Police said officers responded to reports that Ellis was assaulting 57-year-old Terrence Ayers. 

Ellis, who police say has four other domestic violence cases against him, is being held on a $500,000 cash bond for car theft and second-degree murder.

When officers arrived, they were told Ayers had been dragged down the street by a truck driven by Ellis. police said.

When officers located Ayers, around 300 feet further down the road, he was fatally injured, police said. Despite treatment by police and paramedics, Ayers was pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

A Glendale man is accused of running over and killing his stepfather as the two fought over a truck on Friday.

Ellis fled the scene in the truck, and investigators determined the fight had been over the use of a vehicle, police said. 

When Ellis returned to the residence two days later, officers were called. The suspect tried to flee but was taken into custody a short time late, police said.

He was booked into jail and police are seeking a murder charge, police said.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the vehicle-dragging death of his stepfather in Glendale during an argument over a truck.

Police say 30-year-old Tyrus Ellis assaulted 57-year-old Terrence Ayers and dragged him for 300 feet behind the truck during Friday’s dispute.

Investigators say the truck belonged to Ellis’ brother, who didn’t want him using it.

The dragging occurred when Ellis got into the truck and Ayers, who was standing outside the vehicle, reached in to shut off the engine.

Police say Ellis then accelerated and dragged his stepfather, who was halfway into the vehicle, down the street.

It’s not clear whether Ellis has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.


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