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Forensic psychiatrist who worked on JonBenet Ramsey case shot dead outside Arizona office


Steven Pitt, 59, a high-profile forensic psychiatrist who advised police and prosecutors in cases like the JonBenet Ramsey murder and Columbine massacre was shot dead outside of his Arizona office on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (12 News)
A forensic psychiatrist who spent his career studying relationships between high-profile suspects and murder victims was shot to death outside of his Arizona office Thursday.
Steven Pitt, 59, who advised police and prosecutors in the JonBenet Ramsey murder and Columbine school massacre cases was leaving his office when he was shot, NBC News reported.
Witnesses said they heard a loud argument followed by gunshots, according to Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis.
They described the gunman’s appearance — allowing police to create a sketch of the suspect.
Lewis said that the loud argument between the men probably means that they knew each other.
JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found dead in her home in December 1996. (AP)
“We are not ruling anything out,” he said.
Officers are still trying to track down surveillance video of the grisly encounter.
Pitt’s expertise helped inform law enforcement’s interrogation strategies over many years.
The attack could have been related to his work, according to police.
“It’s an angle we’ll be looking into,” Lewis said.
Pitt advised Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter on the 1996 homicide of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.
“He gave us insights in terms of ‘profiling people that we were looking at that I thought were beyond all of our expertise, important, helpful stuff,” Hunter told the Phoenix New Times.
“He was particularly valuable in giving us suggestions about the order and timing and nature of the questions we’d be asking the Ramseys. He always has had extremely strong feelings about the case, which, to put it mildly, he wasn’t afraid to share.”
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