Phoenix man who killed 4 family members had drug, shoplifting arrests in Oklahoma
The gunman who police believe shot four members of his family and set his house on fire Tuesday had been arrested in Oklahoma four years ago, after officers found him passed out in front of a pizza restaurant while high on synthetic marijuana.
Alex Buckner, 26, who was shot by police who entered the burning family home in an effort to save his family members, had two arrests months apart in 2012 while living in Owasso, Okla., a suburb of Tulsa.
Both arrests occurred near the home where his parents lived.
Details of the arrests
The first arrest, in April 2012, was on suspicion of public intoxication. According to a report released by Owasso police Wednesday, Buckner was passed out in front of a pizza restaurant about 10:30 p.m. The report noted that Buckner was “intoxicated on synthetic marijuana.”
In November 2012, Buckner was arrested and accused of stealing a sleeve of sleeping pills from a Walmart less than a half-mile from his parents' home. The report said an employee of the store followed Buckner into a nearby neighborhood and told police where Buckner was hiding. He was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and resisting arrest.
In both cases, Buckner pleaded guilty and paid fines, according to Owasso Municipal Court records.
What happened in Phoenix
Early Tuesday morning, according to Phoenix police, Buckner gunned down his family, including his 6-year-old sister, and set their two-story northwest Phoenix home ablaze.
Killed were his father, Vic Buckner, 50; his mother, Kimberly Buckner, 49; and his sisters Kaitlin, 18, and Emma, 6.
Phoenix police said the agency had no history with Alex Buckner but that officers were told by relatives that the 26-year-old had previous drug problems.