Man allegedly fires bullets in Yarnell neighborhood, tells officers to shoot him
Suspect was on active probation, not permitted to have a firearm
Deputies faced a tense situation in Yarnell Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5, after a man allegedly shot rounds in a neighborhood and then was uncooperative when told to surrender.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s (YCSO) deputies were dispatched to the 16000 block of Young Lane in Yarnell, around 3:30 p.m. regarding reports of multiple shots being fired in the area, according to a YCSO news release.
The first arriving deputy located a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol on the ground near a residence. Witnesses/neighbors said the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Shannon Smith, was now inside a travel trailer nearby. Deputies directed neighbors to remain in their homes as they set a safety perimeter around the suspect’s trailer, according to the release.
Within a few minutes, Smith opened the door and was ordered to surrender to deputies. It appeared Smith, who was yelling unintelligible comments and being generally uncooperative, was holding an object in his hand, deputies reported. One of the deputies on scene, who knew Smith from previous interactions, began directing Smith to cooperate. At one point, Smith said, "shoot me," deputies reported. Due to the danger Smith presented to neighbors given he might still be armed, deputies engaged a plan to detain him.
The deputy who had rapport with Smith directed him to walk to a specific point while other deputies maintained cover to protect neighbors and the negotiating deputy. Although Smith did not clearly show his hands as directed, the deputy was able to approach and quickly detain him without further problems, according to the news release. Smith was not in possession of a firearm at that time. He had been holding other objects such as his wallet.
Smith later admitted shooting rounds “into the air,” but would not explain why and refused to speak further, according to the news release. Deputies learned Smith was on active probation and not legally allowed to possess a firearm. A search warrant for the trailer was obtained and deputies located methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe, according to the news release. A test indicated Smith had methamphetamine in his system.
Smith was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on charges including misconduct involving weapons, disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon, six counts of endangerment involving witnesses and neighbors, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody on a $1,500 bond.