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Teen Arrested After Opening Fire On Deputy’s Home, Almost Hitting 4 Year Old

Prescott Valley, AZ – The Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) arrested a teenager they said used a stolen gun to shoot at a sheriff’s deputy’s home and he is facing a slew of felony charges.

PVPD said the boy was also on probation when he opened fire on the home, the Prescott Valley Tribune reported.

The incident occurred at about 2:25 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the home of a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) sheriff’s deputy located in the 8300-block of East Loos Drive in Prescott Valley, according to a press release posted to YCSO’s official Facebook page.

“One of the rounds passed directly over the head of a sleeping 4-year-old child, nearly striking the child,” the joint press release drafted by the sheriff’s department and PVPD said.

Authorities asked anyone with information to come forward, and the Yavapai Silent Witness program offered up to a $13,000 reward for information about the incident and suspect, the Prescott Valley Tribune reported.

“This was not just an attack on law enforcement and one of our deputies, but a cowardly act against his young family,” Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher said. “Several local law enforcement agencies are working this incident and using whatever means available to find, arrest, and prosecute this assailant.”

“… I want the coward to know that we will find you and bring you to justice. You can run, but we will get you,” Sheriff Mascher vowed.

“As sheriff, I am aware we have historically enjoyed overwhelming support for law enforcement in Yavapai County, but unfortunately this is a sign of the times now present in our own community,” the sheriff lamented in the press release.

PVPD headed up the investigation into the shooting, the Prescott Valley Tribune reported.

The teen suspect was identified with help from “citizens who called in and supported us,” PVPD Lieutenant Scott Stebbins said.

The boy was charged with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, aggravated assault upon a peace officer, discharge of a firearm at a residential structure, endangerment – substantial risk of imminent death, misconduct involving weapons, unlawful discharge of a firearm within town limits, possession of a stolen firearm, tampering with physical evidence, disorderly conduct discharging a deadly weapon, criminal damage, and a probation violation, the Prescott Valley Tribune reported.

“This is a joint effort between the Police Department, (Yavapai) County Attorney’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office,” Lt. Stebbins said.

PVPD also express their gratitude to YCSO, Yavapai Silent Witness, the Prescott Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a press release, according to the Prescott Valley Tribune.

“No family should ever have to go through such an ordeal. I was confident knowing law enforcement would arrest a suspect and bring justice to the deputy and his family. And finally, thanks to the community for their unwavering support. We are truly grateful,” Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher said after the arrest was made.

Lt. Stebbins said the investigation is ongoing, the Prescott Valley Tribune reported.

He said that there is still reward money available for people who come forward with additional information about the crime.

Police have not released the name of the suspect or any further details of the arrest because he is a juvenile.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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