An Ash Fork man who claimed he was being shot at by his neighbor without provocation has been arrested on several charges, including false reporting to law enforcement.
Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) initially received information that neighbors in the 5100 block of E. Cook Trail were shooting at each other Monday morning, Aug. 27, according to a YCSO news release.
When they arrived on scene, they found 56-year-old Warren Porter Jr. near his vehicle. Porter was one of the people who called 911 and said his neighbor had been shooting at him. He indicated which neighbor it was and claimed he had not fired any weapons himself.
Deputies began to investigate and found that Porter’s vehicle had multiple bullet holes on a door frame, a fragmented bullet in the driver’s seat, along with broken glass from a rear passenger window. However, they also found bullet casings north of Porter’s vehicle, indicating shots had been fired from his position, YCSO reported.
Deputies eventually located Porter’s neighbor, a 62-year-old woman. She claimed Porter fired at her vehicle without provocation and she returned fire in self-defense. She had called 911 to report taking fire as deputies were responding to the call. Bullet holes were evident on her vehicle and a handgun was found in it.
At this point in the investigation, Porter was telling deputies his neighbor saw him on the road and intentionally used her vehicle to collide with his vehicle and then began shooting at him. He noted an ongoing dispute over fence lines with the neighbor, deputies reported.
After extensive interviews with the involved parties, Porter eventually admitted firing several rounds from a handgun which was recovered under a nearby tree. Deputies determined there was no evidence of a collision between Porter’s vehicle and his neighbor’s vehicle and a records check revealed the weapon Porter used was stolen out of the Phoenix area.
The initial investigation has concluded that Porter mistook the occupant in the victim’s vehicle for a member of the neighboring family in which he is having an ongoing property line dispute, YCSO reported. Without apparent provocation, Porter fired several rounds at this vehicle as it drove by. The driver/victim in that vehicle retrieved a handgun and, in self-defense, returned fire before fleeing the area.
No injuries were reported.
The woman who shot back at Porter has not yet been charged for anything, but the investigation is still open, said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.