Juvenile charged with murder in Rimrock shooting
Updated as of Monday, October 17, 2016 6:20 AM
An attempted armed robbery by a 17-year-old Cottonwood boy allegedly resulted in a fatal shooting late Friday night, Oct. 14, in Rimrock.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s (YCSO) spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn reported Sunday, Oct. 16, that a 17-year-old is facing charges of murder, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, and kidnapping in relation to the shooting.
The Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim, who died at the scene, as 25-year-old Jarrod Rogers. His wife also reportedly was present at the time, and was assaulted, but not seriously hurt.
After the Friday shooting, the suspect fled the scene, and detectives learned the next afternoon (Saturday, Oct. 15) that a man was being treated at the Verde Valley Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his leg.
“Detectives contacted the man, who claimed he had been shot by an unknown suspect in an unrelated incident,” the YCSO news release stated. “After an extensive interview, the 17-year-old suspect finally admitted he shot the victim on East Airport Drive in Rimrock during an attempted robbery.”
Detectives believe the 17-year-old may have accidentally shot himself during his confrontation with the victim, although that aspect of the investigation has not been confirmed.
After being treated at the Verde Valley hospital, the suspect was released to the custody of detectives and booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.
Detectives were on the scene of the shooting at the 4000 block of East Airport Drive in Rimrock throughout the day Sunday, the news release added, and further details about the incident are pending.