Doug Georgianni, 51, was parked inside the DPS-owned Ford Escape, used as a photo enforcement vehicle, on the eastbound State Route 101 near 7th Avenue when the vehicle was attacked, according to DPS spokesman Harold Sanders.The Phoenix PD has a suspect in custody, and will give details at an afternoon press conference.
DPS and police officers responded to the scene just before 9 p.m., where they found both the vehicle and Georgianni shot several times, Sanders said. Georgianni was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Georgianni's family and friends on their loss.
Generally, I don't find myself in agreement with any of the writers at Exurban League or Sonoran Alliance, but even they, in the persons of Kevin at Exurban League and Carnelian Saloon at Sonoran Alliance, came out and publicly stated that no matter how uncomfortable one might be with photo radar, shooting the people operating the vans is wrong.
I'm not a huge fan of photo enforcement either (the cameras aren't primarily a safety measure, they're a revenue generator), but the ballot box is the way to go here. If someone disagrees with the use of photo enforcement traffic cameras, he can talk to his legislator or vote for the ballot measure banning them.
This may be a bit of a surprise coming from someone who has such a demonstrably low opinion of AZ's political extremists, but it wouldn't be shocking if the real motive for the murder was either something more personal than "Ugh. Photo radar guy. Must shoot. Ugh." or was the act of someone stupid enough to think that no one was in the van when he decided to shoot at it.
Of course, given the fact that Mr. Georgianni was shot multiple times, that second possibility seems less likely.
Again, my deepest condolences go out to the victim's family and friends.
Laurie Roberts of the AZ Rep has her thoughts here.