Two people and a police officer were shot Jan. 23 in Railroad Springs, a small neighborhood on the west side of Flagstaff. The identified suspects, 20-year-old Marcus Gishal was announced deceased on the scene Jan. 23 and 20-year-old Preston Oszust was announced dead Thursday, Jan. 25 at 10 p.m., his mother Jennifer Timmons told the Arizona Daily Sun.

On Jan. 23 at 7:42 p.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper stopped a black 1990 Isuzu Amigo SUV for a traffic violation. The driver was compliant at first and stopped in the Maverick gas station on Kaibab Lane. After the trooper exited his patrol car, the driver fled the scene.  

The suspect drove into Railroad Springs where he and a passenger abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The trooper did not give chase and organized a search. Additional officers from the Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) and an AZDPS Ranger helicopter crew assisted in a search of the suspects for over an hour.

At 8:44 p.m., a homeowner called 911 and reported seeing the suspects in the area. About 10 minutes later, the suspects were located in front of a residence on Topeka Avenue. As troopers approached the suspects, Gishal pointed a handgun towards the troopers and fired, striking one of them in the left hand.

Troopers then returned fire and struck Gishal, who was pronounced deceased on scene. Oszust was also struck by gunfire was in critical condition until he died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, according to his mother. He was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) for treatment. The injured trooper was also treated for his injuries and was later released. Three other troopers were involved in the shooting, but none were injured.

Investigators were on the scene well into the early hours of the morning and the scene is still under investigation. 


Additional reporting by Chandler Staley

Updated Jan. 25 7:40 p.m.