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Man convicted in fatal shooting of off-duty firefighter

Posted: 10:28 AM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 13:28:39-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors have convicted a 22-year-old man of second-degree murder in the 2018 fatal shooting of an off-duty Tempe fire caption during an altercation in downtown Scottsdale.

Azfamily.com reports that jurors returned the verdict against Hezron Parks in the killing of 34-year-old Kyle Brayer on Wednesday.

Parks was also convicted of disorderly conduct but jurors were unable to reach a verdict on aggravated assault charges.

Brayer was riding on the back of a golf cart with other people when he got off to confront the driver of a car that was closely following the golf cart around 2:30 a.m.

Police said Brayer was shot as he approached the other vehicle, which drove away after the shooting.

Parks later surrendered to police and testified that he fired in self-defense.