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Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:47

Recent Incidents: Hard Landing in Seligman; Shots Fired at Vehicle Featured

Recent Incidents Overview – Shots Fired at Occupied Vehicle & Airplane suffers Hard Landing in Seligman  

Airplane Suffers Hard Landing – Yesterday, March 29, 2017, around 4:30 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a plane crash at the Seligman airport. Upon arrival, deputies found a damaged Cessna aircraft grounded in between the taxi way and runway. The pilot told deputies he was practicing takeoff and landing exercises and forgot to put the landing gear down. The pilot was not injured and walked away from the crash. Seligman fire personnel arrived and were able to stop a small fuel leak. 

NTSB and FAA were advised and will be handling the follow-up investigation.   

Shooting of Occupied Vehicle -  On March 27, 2017, a 27-year-old man came to the Sheriff’s Office in Prescott and reported that someone fired shots at his vehicle, a black 2004 Nissan Sentra Sedan, while he was sleeping inside. The reporting party explained he is currently homeless and was parked off Thumb Butte Road about ½ mile west of Thumb Butte Park on Sunday, March 26, 2017. At around 12:30AM, he awoke to the sound of at least 2 gunshots nearby and then saw a light colored pick up, possibly a Chevy S10 or Ford Ranger style, drive by his car as he heard something hit his rear passenger window. He did not get a good look at the vehicle because he was leaning back in the driver’s seat at the time and thought it was possibly a rock thrown at his car. An examination later that morning revealed a bullet hole in the driver’s side rear passenger window.  

Deputies examined the vehicle and confirmed a visible bullet hole in the left rear passenger window. It appeared the bullet travelled through the right side of the rear seat and left a hole in the opposite rear passenger door. YCSO Evidence technicians examined the vehicle for evidence. Detectives were notified and returned to the scene with the victim to review the circumstances and gather any additional evidence. 

Whether the suspect(s) thought the vehicle was occupied or abandoned provides a valuable lesson. Shooting into areas or objects, like a vehicle, you cannot see is foolish. The actions could have resulted in a homicide if the occupant had been hit and died. YCSO is also aware of families sleeping in cars parked in outlying areas of the county which include young children and this type of reckless behavior could see injury or death to a child. 

YCSO detectives are seeking anyone with information about the suspect(s) and/or suspect vehicle in this case. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 to report what you know. Refer to case no. 17-010709. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:


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Dwight D'Evelyn

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator
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