By Chris Caraveo
Police said two men are in custody after two other men died as a result of a shooting outside a Phoenix apartment complex early Monday morning.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, 32-year-old Lloyd Dwayne Lambert and 30-year-old Devane Verlance Lambert were arrested as prohibited possessors in connection with the incident.
Police on Tuesday identified the victims as Lual Deng, 26, and Wol Ding, 52.
Detectives learned the two dead men were involved in an ongoing dispute with a 30-year-old man, who lives in the area of Glendale and 17th avenues.
According to police, the three met to settle the dispute. Prior to the meeting, 30-year-old asked the Lamberts to assist him if necessary with the pending confrontation.
When Deng, Ding and the 30-year-old met outside the Santa Fe Springs Apartments, a physical fight started, police said. During the fight, Mr. Ding and Mr. Deng displayed handguns and pistol whipped the 30-year-old, police said.
At some point, police said the Lamberts became involved and exchanged gunfire with the other men. Police said the Lamberts fled before officers arrived.
One of the men died at the scene while the other died at the hospital.
Police responded around 12:20 a.m. Monday and located the 30-year-old shortly after the incident occurred.
“We do not suspect him of criminal conduct and will not release his name due to his status as a victim,” Sgt. Jonathan Howard said.
Witnesses at the scene identified the Lamberts as two of the men involved in the shooting.
In the late afternoon, the Lamberts met detectives at police headquarters in downtown Phoenix. Police said one of the men had a non-life threatening gunshot injury from the altercation.
Police identified both men as prohibited possessors due to prior felony convictions.
They were booked into jail for one count each of misconduct involving weapons.
“The two men were not booked for the homicide because detectives are still gathering evidence,” Mr. Howard said. “Once completed, the (Maricopa) County Attorney will be able to determine if the men’s actions were justified and lawful or if criminal charges are appropriate.”
According to the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Lamberts were convicted of armed robbery from a crime committed in 2012.
Both served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections, according to its website. They were released in June 2016.
A probable cause statement says self defense may play a role in any future case against the Lamberts, as well as the ongoing investigation.