Fire & Potential Double Murder In Claypool

UPDATE, 4/28/20: The victims have been identified as 67-year-old Jose Oropeza & 70-year-old Katherine Oropeza.

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UPDATE, 4/28/20: The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Claypool resident, Abram J. Oropeza. He was booked into the Gila County Jail. The charges he faces are: “two counts of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Arson of an occupied structure, and two counts of Tampering with physical evidence.”

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A call came in to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office around 7:19 am this morning reporting a structure fire with two bodies inside. Emergency personnel responded to the scene on Bancroft Way. Globe & Tri-City Fire were able to find the bodies of the two adults. It appears they had gunshot wounds. A person of interest was found after a traffic stop by the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety & Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. It is believed there is no further threat.