Phoenix police arrested Nicolas Elliott on Thursday, charging him with shooting another man because he looked at him while both were stopped at a traffic light, KGUN9 reported.
Police initially thought that Alex Mixon, 26, died in a single car accident on March 1, 2019, when his westbound truck crossed the eastbound lanes, clipped a power pole, and crashed through a wall. Mixon was taken to a hospital, where he died.
That’s when investigators learned Mixon had been shot and that likely caused his crash, according to ABC15.
The investigation eventually led to Elliott, 30, as detectives spoke with witnesses who told them they’d either been with Elliott at the time or that they’d heard him brag about what he’d done.
And what he’d done was shoot a man who looked at him at a red light, police said.
Elliott has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and various weapons and drug charges, according to the Phoenix Police Department. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Mixon’s family released a statement on Friday:
Alex had the biggest heart and cared deeply for those around him. He lived for his art, loved animals and was a devoted fan of the Diamondbacks. He always loved to laugh and be surrounded with people. Above all else he never missed an opportunity to help someone else. His death has affected our family deeply and he has truly been missed. We now know why he was taken from us so unexpectedly, but it will take time to reconcile our hearts to it. Our family is thankful for all the hard work and dedication from the City of Phoenix Police. Without their efforts we would not have found out what happened to Alex and the person responsible for his death.
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[Featured image: Alex Mixon, Facebook]