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YCSO arrests suspect in firearm incident

David Brandt, 42

David Brandt, 42

CHINO VALLEY - Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 42-year-old Chino Valley man after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's house Wednesday night and threatened people with a handgun, a press release stated.

Deputies arrested David Brandt after responding to a family fight at 11 p.m. in the 2500 block of Willow Breeze Drive. The woman told the deputies Brandt had brandished a handgun and began fighting with a male family member. Brandt fled before deputies arrived.

The woman told deputies that she awoke earlier that evening and found Brandt inside her bedroom after everyone, including her two children, had gone to bed. She noticed a handgun in his pocket, grabbed it and ran to the other end of the house to alert family.

Brandt then chased and caught her as she awakened an adult family member, wrestled the gun from her and activated the firearm's slide, which ejected two rounds.

As he tried to load another magazine into the handgun, the male family member tried to subdue him, the press release stated. The woman then grabbed the gun and fled the room while the unidentified man fought with Brandt and forced him from the house. The man learned that Brandt bit him during the scuffle.

Deputies recovered the weapon and searched the area with the help of Chino Valley police. After about 45 minutes, Chino Valley police officers found Brandt hiding behind an electrical box near the home.

Brandt resisted arrest before officers handcuffed him. Deputies booked him on four counts of recklessly handling a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and assaulting law enforcement employees.

He remains in the Camp Verde jail on a $1 million bond and is due in court Thursday, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

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