Phoenix Highway Shootings: Suspect In Custody, Leslie Allen Merritt, Says Cops Have ‘The Wrong Guy’ [Video]

Police have a suspect in the Phoenix highway shootings who they believe is responsible for the sniper rampage that has put motorists on alert for a good month. Leslie Allen Merritt, 21, was arrested Friday night after a SWAT team cornered him at a Walmart store located in Glendale around 7 p.m.

Merritt appeared in court Saturday and told a judge that cops have “the wrong guy,” Fox News reports.

The Phoenix highway shootings suspect was arraigned on a series of charges that include “four counts each of carrying out a drive-by shooting and intentional acts of terrorism.” He’s being held on $1 million cash bail.

Merritt told Judge Lisa Roberts that there’s been a huge mistake.

“All I have to say is I’m the wrong guy. I tried telling the detectives that.”

The suspect claims that he didn’t have access to a firearm because the gun he once owned had been in a pawn shop for the past two months. Investigators, however, “forensically linked” the man’s gun to four of the 11 cars hit.

Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead announced, after the Phoenix highway shootings suspect was arrested, that Merritt is facing other charges as well, having to do with criminal endangerment, assault, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.