Based on legal documents, the individual charged with the lethal shooting of a professor at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson this week is a previous student who had been prohibited from the campus because of grievances of harassment.
Authorities stated that the alleged perpetrator, Murad Dervish, aged 46, was apprehended on Wednesday, shortly after the incident occurred within the premises of the John W Harshbarger facility.
According to the temporary complaint filed in Pima County Superior Court, he is accused of first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges.
Dervish “has been the topic of numerous reports of harassment and threats to employees working at Harshbarger,” the complaint mentioned.
As per the allegation, he was dismissed from the educational institution in February and is prohibited from being present on University of Arizona premises. The complaint mentioned that an electronic message containing his image was dispatched to faculty members in February “with directions to dial 911 in case he were to come back to the establishment.”
It is uncertain whether he has legal representation. Dervish is currently detained at the Pima County jail, according to records from the Pima County Sheriff Department.
Authorities stated that the perpetrator utilized a firearm in the fatal assault.
As per the complaint, around 11 shell casings were discovered at the site of the homicide. As per the complaint, the victim was hit and fatally wounded by roughly four bullets. As per the complaint, a fragment of a bullet or spalling hit another individual in the office, who received medical treatment and was subsequently discharged at the location.
At the Wednesday news conference, Paula Balafas, the Chief of Police at the University of Arizona, stated that a former student who was not allowed to be in the building reported seeing someone in the Harshbarger building around 2 p.M., Prompting a response from the local police.
Balafas stated that a shooting took place inside the building while the police were on their way. She mentioned that the victim was pronounced dead and then transported to a nearby local hospital.
The suspect, who was shortly arrested after a traffic stop conducted by the Public Safety Department near the town of Gila Bend, fled the campus.
The complaint stated that at the murder scene, the ammunition found was consistent with the shell casings, and a loaded 9mm handgun was discovered in his vehicle.
According to the accusation, Dervish purportedly informed the authorities, “I desire for his well-being, perhaps overly optimistic,” and “I simply felt extremely offended by that entire division,” before being interrogated.
On Thursday, professor Thomas Meixner, who serves as the department head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, was identified as the victim, according to Robert Robbins, the president of the university.
Robbins expressed, “students and colleagues, particularly the family members of Tom, I am deeply saddened and grieve for your loss, but unfortunately, I lack the words to undo it. This is a tragedy, and this incident deeply shocks our community.”