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Coconino County Sheriffs Office

Coconino County Sheriff’s detectives were en route to Colorado Monday to investigate a possible suspect connected with a double homicide in the Red Lake area north of Williams last week.

According to CCSO, a Dolores County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado arrested the suspect after a high-speed chase on Saturday.

On May 2, a neighbor called CCSO to report that he had found his neighbors dead. At 9 a.m., deputies responded to the home and found Michael Dimuria, 67, and his wife, Nora Dimuria, 64, had been shot to death and their Jeep Liberty missing. CCSO Commander Rex Gilliland said detectives believe that Nora may have been killed after she returned home from work around 8 p.m. on Monday.

On May 6, CCSO received a tip that a possible suspect was leaving the area for Colorado. Gilliland said detectives believe that the suspect was visiting the area and left for the Cortez, Colo. area. CCSO deputies contacted several Colorado sheriff offices.

Dolores County Sheriff’s Office located the missing Jeep after they received a call about a suspicious vehicle that may have been abandoned. The suspect apparently got a different vehicle and fled the area.

A high-speed chase ensued with the suspect. A Dolores County deputy was able to perform a pit maneuver on the suspect’s vehicle causing it to roll.

Dolores County deputies arrested Derrick Shawn Barnett, 29, from Grand Junction, Colo., on outstanding Colorado warrants. He is currently in custody in Montezuma County, Colo.

Gilliland said Barnett had not been arrested or charged yet in connection with the Red Lake homicides, because deputies are still investigating the situation. Detectives have not identified a motive for the deaths and they don’t believe Barnett and the Dimurias knew each other.

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