Former UWEC Golf Coach gunned down at work in Arizona

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Arizona, murder |

Phoenix, Arizona – 51-year-old Doug Georgianni was shot and killed as he worked in a mobile speed enforcement van on a Phoenix freeway Sunday night. Georgianni was the women’s golf coach at UW-Eau Claire from 1995 to 2001.

Police say they don’t know the motive for the killing.

Arizona became the first state to use photo speed enforcement on state highways last year. The Arizona Department of Public Safety awarded a contract for the operation of 100 fixed and mobile photo speed enforcement cameras in July and the first were deployed in September.

The program has drawn criticism from many who call the effort costly and unfair to motorists. Its proponents say photo radar saves lives by slowing motorists and frees up police to tackle other problems.

Georgianni had worked for three months for RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc., which has the state contract to operate the photo radar systems.

Hill said investigators believe Destories stopped behind the van and then slowly pulled alongside it and fired a gun multiple times. Georgianni was sitting in the van, doing paperwork with an interior light turned on when he was shot.

Five large-caliber gunshots hit the marked Department of Public Safety van; three of them were in a tight pattern and grouped on the window of Georgianni’s seat, according to the document.

Police found the magazine for a .45-caliber pistol in Destories’ front pocket when they arrested him, according to the probable-cause statement. More on

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