GUN Man armed with guns and bombs found dead after shootout

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Man armed with guns and bombs found dead after shootout
27-year-old Fountain Valley man found at dilapidated ranch outside Tucson is believed to have killed 2 others.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/kahale-kastigar-police-2173552-property-death

A Fountain Valley man armed with guns and bombs was found dead last week at a desert compound outside Tucson, near the bodies of two men he's believed to have killed.

Authorities believe Fred Anthony Kahale, 27, killed William Lee Blankinship, 72, who lived on the property, and George Ernest McCumber, 60, a night watchman, said Bureau Chief Rick Kastigar of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Kahale brought a shotgun, an assault rifle, four homemade bombs, a pistol, a pit bull and a bulletproof vest to the compound, police said.

Police found handwritten directions to the address, as well as a satellite photo of the location, in a Chevrolet Suburban that Kahale had rented, Kastigar said.

Kahale also had written a note about getting some “loot” at the property and getting cash for it, Kastigar said. Kahale rented the Suburban and a U-Haul trailer in San Diego, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

Police also found a rope ladder, water supplies and three 100-round drum magazines for the assault rifle, Kastigar said.

The trailer was empty.

Investigators are examining phone records, but have not yet established how Kahale knew of the place, Kastigar said.

The property at the end of a dirt road off West Old Ajo Highway is known as El Rancho Diablo. It was a resort in the 1940s and 50s, but is now a ramshackle home to recreational vehicles, mobile homes and other vehicles, according to the Tucson Citizen.

Two of the bodies were found Sept. 22 by a caretaker, officials said.

Blankinship and McCumber died of gunshot wounds.

Kahale's body had no obvious signs of trauma, and an autopsy was unable to determine his cause of death, Kastigar said. A toxicology test will not be completed for several weeks.

Police found a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine in Kahale's vehicle, along with marijuana and a dead pit bull. A necropsy was unable to establish a cause of death for the dog, Kastigar said.

Temperatures in the area reached 99 degrees on Sept. 21, Kastigar said. The dog may have died from heat exposure after Kahale's death, Kastigar said.

Police are still trying to determine what brought Kahale to Tucson.

In interviews with his family in Fountain Valley last week, police learned Kahale had a history of mental instability that may have played a role.

“One of the theories is that perhaps he operated under the delusion that he was going to get some loot,” Kastigar said.

As police combed the site on Sept. 22, they spotted a 49-year-old man in a white Toyota Tacoma driving through the desert near the ranch and stopped him.

He had a rifle and pistol in the truck, and one of the weapons smelled like it had been recently fired, police said.

The man told police he had been waiting for a friend who never showed up.

Investigators grew suspicious, and got search warrants for his phone records. Police photographed his tire tracks and shoe prints, and took a DNA swab but have not found a connection to the shooting, Kastigar said.

“There was no evidence to put him on at that property,” Kastigar said.

Blankinship, who reportedly lived alone on his family's ranch, had recently reported thefts to police.

Earlier this month, Blankinship was arrested after he yelled at and pushed a sheriff's deputy, demanding that the deputy find the man who was stealing from his family's property, according to published reports.

Two years ago, Blankinship shot two men armed with knives, killing one, who he said tried to break into his home. The Pima County Attorney's Office declined to file charges in that case, calling the shooting self-defense, according to the reports.

Kahale's aunt declined to speak on behalf of the family, and his sister did not return a phone call.

Kahale's cousin, Marian Teri Kahale, 19, was sentenced in June to two years in state prison for her role in a car crash that killed her best friend, Natasha Dannov.

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poor dog
 

01_Cruiser

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As police combed the site on Sept. 22, they spotted a 49-year-old man in a white Toyota Tacoma driving through the desert near the ranch and stopped him.

He had a rifle and pistol in the truck, and one of the weapons smelled like it had been recently fired, police said.

wat
 

terrist

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The lootfilled compound looks like a fucking junkyard
 

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