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Phoenix police have arrested two brothers suspected of being involved in a confrontation that ended with two other men shot to death early Monday.
However, as of Tuesday, the men were not facing charges in connection with the killing of Lual Deng, 26, and Wol Ding, 52, who were shot to death in a parking lot near 17th and Glendale avenues just before 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said.
Lloyd Dwayne Lambert, 32, and Devane Verlance Lambert, 30, instead were being held on weapons charges, police said.
The men told police they became involved when a friend, who police described only as a 30-year-old man, asked them to come as backup when he went to meet Deng and Ding to settle and ongoing dispute, police said.
Police said when the men met, a physical fight broke out between the 30-year-old and Ding and Deng, who then displayed handguns and pistol-whipped the man, police said.
At that point, the Lamberts became involved and exchanged gunfire with the two men, police said.
The Lamberts fled the scene but met with detectives at police headquarters later Monday, police said. At that meeting, police discovered one of the men had suffered a gunshot wound, police added.
Phoenix police did not say what the status of their 30-year-old friend was or whether the Lamberts could face charges in the shooting deaths. Police initially said another man was questioned at the shooting scene where Deng and Ding were found.
The Lamberts both were booked on charges of being prohibited possessors of firearms due to prior felony convictions, as well as misconduct involving weapons, police said.
Police said the investigation was ongoing and the case would be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.
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