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Citizens Shoot Possible DUI Driver on SR 87

Brandon M. Vongthongthip arrested

Brandon M. Vongthongthip arrested

Sedona AZ (June 28, 2016) – Two people are in custody and one person in stable condition after two citizens shot a suspected DUI driver on AZ SR 87 near milepost 278, near Flagstaff, Arizona.

On Monday, June 27, 2016, around 2:30 in the afternoon, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) of a shooting that occurred on SR 87 near milepost 278. The DPS Troopers had two male subjects detained who were involved in the shooting. Medics were tending to a victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. A Sheriff’s Office Detective responded from its Flagstaff office to investigate the incident.

Shane A. Tebo, 38, and Brandon M. Vongthongthip, 28, both of Phoenix, AZ, were traveling north on AZ SR 87 when they observed what they believed to be a DUI driver traveling behind them who was swerving in and out of his lane. They called 911 to report the driver, and an attempt to locate was dispatched to DPS troopers in the area. Mr. Tebo was driving at the time, and attempted to slow or block the suspected DUI driver. At one point, the suspect DUI driver drove off the road into a ditch. At that time, Mr. Tebo drove his vehicle up next to the vehicle in the ditch to block the driver from returning to the road.

Mr. Tebo and Mr. Vongthongthip both were openly carrying Glock firearms and ammunition on their belts. Mr. Tebo exited his vehicle and attempted to take the keys from the suspected DUI driver whose vehicle was still running, but he could not get between the vehicles.

The vehicle being driven by the suspected DUI driver, Jesse G. Olsson, 31, Payson, AZ, apparently moved forward. At that time, Mr. Tebo shot several rounds into the engine block of the car trying to stop the car and the driver. The vehicle moved forward again so Mr. Vongthongthip fired several shots from his passenger seat at the suspected DUI driver. The driver of the DUI vehicle suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.

Shane A. Tebo arrested

Shane A. Tebo arrested

Around this time, an Arizona Department of Transportation vehicle and crew had observed the two vehicles in the ditch and had turned around to offer assistance. They observed the weapons and a person on the ground. They radioed their dispatch who contacted DPS. DPS troopers responded, secured the scene and detained the two shooters.

Medical personnel from Pine-Strawberry Fire and Medics continued to treat the victim who was then airlifted by DPS Air Rescue to John C. Lincoln hospital. The victim is in stable condition, but has not been able to give a statement to investigators. Detectives are continuing the investigation into the possible role of DUI in this incident.

Shane Tebo and Brandon Vongthongthip were booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility in Flagstaff, AZ. Mr. Tebo was booked on Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct. Mr. Vongthongthip was booked on Second Degree (Attempted) Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.

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3 Comments

  1. 2nd Amendment BS says:

    Call 911 and move on, or go to a police academy. Just because you carry a gun, doesn’t mean you are in charge! How come these idiots didn’t make the national news.

    BTW – the first four words of the 2nd Amendment: ” A well-regulated militia…” Are never talked about!!!

    The NRA needs to go… Nearly $8 million from the NRA to our buddy McCain (R) for his continued votes to support crap like this!

  2. Granville, Susanville CA says:

    @2nd amendment bs

    Your comment is all over the place. Call 911 and move on? Is that what you do when you see a DUI driver in a car – a lethal killing weapon more capable of taking out multiple people than a sidearm?

    I’ll give you the police academy point. I agree that’s an option for anyone wanting to perform a civil duty to serve and protect others; or the military. Part of the training is weeding out vigilantes and with quite a bit of success.

    Who cares if they make the national news? What difference or reason for that outcome? Just because Mary & Joe in Duluth or Bangor or Santa Rosa hear about it on the news, what do they care? They don’t. You don’t care about Chicago and Detroit or Santa Rosa either, they don’t care about two people in Arizona.

    As for the 2nd Amendment – it saves your butt every day. 2nd Amendment and NRA are not apples to apples. Think about it.

  3. TomZ says:

    Every able bodied man between the ages of 14 and 60 were considered members of the militia. What part of ” shall not be infringed” do you not understand?

    I’m not saying these two geniuses that shot the other driver were right, but cars are a lethal weapon. So are hammers, knives, baseball bats, etc. More people are killed by hammers than assault weapons, should we ban hammers? Are you an evil hammer owner?

    A persons primary God given right is to protect themselves and those they love. The state does not grant or can not take away the right to protect yourself.

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