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MMA Veteran K*lls Man In Self-Defense – After Being Chased Down With A Knife

MMA Veteran K*lls Man In Self-Defense – After Being Chased Down With A Knife

Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, a seasoned MMA veteran with over 140 professional fights, was released by Phoenix police…
Following a deadly shooting incident he claims was self-defense.

The confrontation took place at a local bar called Twin Peaks, sparked by a dispute over a parking spot.
According to Phoenix police, the incident escalated quickly, leading to a fatal shooting.

In a statement released to MMA Fighting, Phoenix police detailed the events:

On June 15, 2024, around 9:20 p.m., officers responded to the area of 3060 West Agua Fria Freeway for a call of a shooting.
Information on the call indicated at least one person was shot and the shooter was still onsite.

Officers arrived and detained the suspect identified as Shannon Ritch without incident and recovered a firearm from his person.
The victim identified as Alejandro Samplina was located down in the parking lot and was transported by Phoenix Fire to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Homicide investigators responded and assumed the investigation.

Preliminary investigation found the victim Alejandro Samplina got into a dispute with the victim/suspect Shannon Ritch over a parking issue.
During the argument, Samplina produced a knife and chased Ritch around his vehicle.

Ritch was able to retrieve his handgun from the open door of his vehicle.
Samplina proceeded to walk towards Ritch with the knife in a threatening manner, in response Ritch fired one round, striking Samplina.

Ritch remained on scene and was interview by detectives.
Ritch provided a self-defense claim consistent with witnesses and surveillance video.

He was released at the conclusion of the investigation; charges will be submitted to Maricopa County Attorney’s office for review.

As of now, Ritch has not been charged with any crime.
However, the investigation remains active, with the case to be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s office.

Ritch, 53, has an extensive fight history – having competed in numerous promotions and against a number of notable fighters.
His opponents have included UFC veterans such as Joe Riggs, Shonie Carter, Diego Sanchez, and UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn.