Prescott Valley double homicide: Man released as investigation continues into shooting of his mother, brother
A person of interest in a Prescott Valley double homicide is claiming self-defense in the shooting of his brother.
Daniel Wood, 28, of Prescott Valley said his brother Edward James Wood, 44, of Prescott Valley shot and killed their mother, Elizabeth Wood, 72, of Prescott. Daniel told police he confronted Edward and, during a struggle, fatally shot him, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.
Daniel Wood was detained, interviewed and released Thursday.
"(Daniel) was released because we had no probable cause to arrest him at this point," Bonney said. "We'll continue to process evidence and go over his statement and interview, and if we find evidence that this is not a self-defense case, then he will face charges at that point."
At 2:47 p.m. Thursday, police officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to a report of shots fired in the 3600 block of Robert Road in Prescott Valley and found two people dead in an apartment.
Daniel reportedly told investigators that he, his brother and his mother were cleaning apartment #2 in the duplex that belonged to Edward when they had a disagreement. Edward went to his apartment, #1, and allegedly retrieved two handguns, Bonney said.
Daniel told investigators that he was in a bedroom when Edward returned, and he heard several gunshots in the living room area where Edward allegedly shot and killed Elizabeth, Bonney said.
Shortly after that there was a confrontation between the brothers, which ended when Daniel shot Edward several times, killing him, Bonney said.
Daniel then called 911, Bonney said.
Investigators recovered multiple firearms at the scene.
Anyone who has information related to the incident is encouraged to call Detective M. Hepperle at 928-772-5176.