High-profile Forensic Psychiatrist Steven Pitt, Who Worked on JonBenet Ramsey Murder and Columbine School Massacre, Shot Dead Outside Arizona Office

A high-profile forensic psychiatrist who advised police and prosecutors in high-profile cases like the JonBenet Ramsey murder and the Columbine school massacre was shot dead outside his Arizona office on Thursday evening.

Steven Pitt, 59, was leaving his office for the day when witnesses heard a loud argument and then gunshots, Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said. The witnesses provided a description of the gunman that allowed police to create a sketch.

“We are not ruling anything out, but at this point, a loud argument probably suggests they knew each other either professionally or personally,” said Lewis, adding that officers were still canvassing for possible surveillance video.

Pitt had worked as a consultant for law enforcement across the country, helping investigators understand the dynamics between suspects and victims and map out interrogation strategies. He was frequently quoted as an expert by national media outlets, including NBC News.

Phoenix police said they have not yet determined a motive for the shooting. But they are keeping the nature of Pitt’s work in mind.

“It’s an angle we’ll be looking into,” Lewis said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Tracy Connor