On November 10, 2011, shortly after 7 PM, Scottsdale Police received a 911 call from 59 yr old David Ross Appleton saying that he had just shot someone as the result of a motorist altercation in the 23,000 block of north Pima Road. Officers arrived in the south parking lot of the CVS store, where they found Mr. Appleton, who was cooperative with police. They also found a 50 yr old male, wounded from a single gunshot, near the driver’s side door of Mr. Appleton’s Toyota SUV. The 50 yr old male victim, later identified as Mr. Paul Pearson, was transported to SHC-Osborn, where he died from his wound just after 8:00 PM.
Mr. Appleton was taken into custody without incident and the gun was recovered by officers at the scene. Mr. Appleton told officers that he had he was driving north on Pima road and noticed a car tailgating him. He pulled into the CVS lot and stopped. The second car followed him into the CVS lot and the driver got out and approached his open window. Appleton told officers that the other driver reached through the window and was choking him. Appleton produced a personally owned revolver and pointed it at the other driver to get him to let go. When the other driver did not let go, he fired one shot, striking him in the upper chest area. He saw the man fall to the ground. He got out and called 911 to report what had happened. Mr. Appleton was then taken to the Scottsdale police district station by detectives for a detailed interview.
As the investigation progressed into the early morning hours, detectives found inconsistencies in Mr. Appleton’s account of what happened with the physical evidence and witness interviews. At 1:30 AM, Mr. Appleton was arrested for 1 count of 2nd degree Murder. He was transported to MCSO 4th Avenue Jail where he remains at the time of this writing.
Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is still ongoing. Unpdates will be provided as they are available.