Suspected UA shooter bought gun weeks before fatal shooting

Arizona Daily Star

Former UA student Murad Dervish tried to buy a handgun from an online seller in March, but couldn’t agree on the $550 purchase price, according to witness testimony. a police detective during a court hearing in October.

But it was something Dervish said in a text that so concerned the seller that he contacted the Tucson Police Department, the detective said.

Detective Todd Kauffman, of the University of Arizona Police Department, said Dervish contacted a seller on a website called Arms List, which the detective says resembles a “Craigslist for Firearms “.

Kauffman said at the Oct. 20 bond hearing that the seller would not lower the gun purchase and asked Dervish to stop wasting his time, according to a transcript of the hearing.

“If you’re still trying to haggle, then don’t waste your time cause I’m not moving,” the salesman emailed Dervish.

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Dervish’s response was “a few bucks doesn’t really matter (expletive deleted) since I’m just going to use it to kill multiple people and then myself.”

The detective told the court that Dervish followed this text saying he was joking. The seller was not identified in court testimony.

Kauffman said investigators determined Dervish purchased a 9mm handgun between mid-August and early September through a private sale.

Authorities said Dervish used a 9mm handgun to shoot Professor Thomas Meixner on Oct. 5 at the Department of Hydrology. Kauffman said 11 casings were recovered from the area where the shooting took place. Police later found a loaded 9mm handgun in Dervish’s van when he was arrested hours after the shooting.

Dervish remains in the Pima County Jail without bond.

Chief Paula Balafas of the University of Arizona Police Department shared information about the shooting death of a male professor on October 5. The suspect, Murad Dervish, 46, was arrested by the Public Security Department near Gila Bend three hours after the shooting.

Video by Jesse Tellez/Arizona Daily Star.

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