Sheriffs, AJPD Investigating a Murder/Suicide in AJ

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Apache Junction Police Department are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide that took place last weekend.

On Friday, February 8, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Goodyear Police Department contacted the Apache Junction Police Department, requesting assistance in locating 30-year-old Stuart Milne, who was possibly suicidal. Police believed he was near Ironwood and Baseline Avenue in Apache Junction. Goodyear PD believed that Milne was possibly armed and made some concerning statements about his girlfriend, Natasha Arredondo of San Tan Valley.

Natasha Arredondo

AJ Police patrolling the area began searching for Milne’s vehicle. Police spotted his car and a traffic stop was conducted. Milne immediately pulled over just south of Guadalupe Road on Ironwood. As the officers were giving verbal commands, Milne refused to show his right hand. Officers then heard one shot, fired by Milne inside the vehicle. Officers approached his car and found Milne had a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He was pronounced dead on scene.

It was discovered that a Goodyear police officer was on the phone with Milne as the Apache Junction Police were stopping him. Milne was making suicidal statements, telling the negotiator he had done something really bad and needed to have retribution for what he had done. Goodyear police also indicated that Milne’s statements indicated he had done something to Arredondo.

Also on Friday night, at around 11:49 p.m., family members of Arredondo reported her as missing from her residence to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, after her juvenile son was found to be home alone. Milne and Arredondo lived together, and were last seen together at their San Tan Valley home.

At 8:34 a.m., Saturday morning, a citizen called in to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office to report a body found in an industrial park near Houston Road and Delaware Road in Apache Junction. When Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies arrived they found a female deceased, who had been shot multiple times. The female was identified by Investigators as Natasha Arredondo.

Investigators believe that Milne shot Arredondo prior to being contacted by the Goodyear and Apache Junction Police. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is handling the homicide investigation, and asks that anyone that may have any information to please contact PCSO at 520-866-5111.

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