QUEEN VALLEY — A Mesa man has been arrested and charged with shooting a fellow passenger in a moving van in Pinal County, then pushing him out.

Adam Hayward, 27, was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was booked into the Pinal County jail by troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Officials say that Hayward and the victim, Ouedraogo Boukary, were both passengers in the van after finishing a moving job in Snowflake on July 26.

They were traveling west along U.S. 60 at milepost 213, near Queen Valley and east of Apache Junction, sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. when “Hayward was upset with Boukary because he would not roll up the window,” said Bart Graves, media relations specialist for DPS.

A physical altercation ensued, according to authorities.

Hayward allegedly shot Boukary multiple times, then pushed “him out of the side window of the van while it was still moving,” Graves said.

The driver pulled over.

Boukary was dead at the scene.

“Hayward attempted to talk the driver into helping him move the body, but he refused. Hayward told the driver to take him back to the moving company’s office in Phoenix. The driver reported the incident to his manager and police,” Graves said.

Hayward surrendered to Mesa police officers at his home, according to Graves. The case is being handled by DPS.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.