Suspected child molester kills himself during police standoff

An Arizona man wanted for child abuse killed himself on Tuesday during a tense police standoff, according to the The Marion Star

Raymond B. Norton, 33, had been running from police for more than a month when U. S. Marshals finally caught up to him and his wife. Norton was accused of molesting several boys in the town of Marion, according to a police report.

The investigation started when one of the alleged victims spoke to a school guidance counselor, accusing Norton of carrying out years of continued sexual abuse, court records indicated.

Marshals found Norton’s vehicle and camper just outside of a small town in southern Arizona. His wife walked out to meet authorities and warned them that her husband had a handgun and a machete, police stated.

Cops attempted for two hours to convince Norton to turn himself in as the accused threatened to hurt himself, a police report stated. Lt. Donald Schlecht of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office said it was then that the suspect turn his gun on himself and pulled the trigger, ending his own life.

Norton had been indicted in November on one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony, though police reported they were planning to charge him with prolonged sexual abuse of children. He was out on bail when he fled, which started the manhunt. Norton had one prior arrest, for domestic battery, on his record.

[Featured Image: La Paz County Sheriff’s Office]