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Flagstaff Police Department tape blocks off the scene of Friday afternoon's fatal stabbing near the Park Santa Fe Shopping Center on the east side of Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Police Department officials report a person was stabbed to death behind the Park Santa Fe Shopping Center on the east side of Flagstaff on Friday.

Police officials said they took Phelan Connally, 27, of Flagstaff into custody as the lead suspect in the case. Officials do not report any other victims or outstanding suspects at this time.

Officers arrived to the wooded area behind the shopping center and located the victim. Charles Hernandez, spokesperson for the department, said that officers observed multiple stab wounds on the victim’s body.

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Flagstaff Police Department blocked off the location of a fatal stabbing Friday afternoon.

Personnel from the nearby Sacred Peaks Health Center attempted to help the victim until medical personnel arrived and began to treat the victim’s wounds. The victim died at the scene.

“Investigators spoke with witnesses who reported the suspect engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim in a wooded area,” Hernandez wrote. “The verbal altercation continued, culminating in the suspect stabbing the victim multiple times.”

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Connally remained at the scene of the crime, where he was eventually taken into custody.

Police officials are still investigating the crime and will release more information as it becomes available.

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