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Ashfork, AZ – On June 13th, 2019 at about 10:56 p.m. the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of shots fired in the area of Randall Blvd. Several persons reported hearing multiple shots fired from possibly two different weapons. The reporting party, identified as 68-year-old William Barentine of Ashfork, stated he was in the area and had possibly been fired upon while checking a neighboring vacant property for smoke. Barentine stated he was verbally confronted by an unknown male subject who fired at least one shot from a weapon. He reported firing multiple shots from his weapon into the air before leaving the area. The Northern Arizona Tactical Response Team was requested and responded to the incident along with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon further investigation, the second individual was identified as 58-year-old Norman Fagundes, a ranch hand who was camping on the property. Fagundes was staying on the property with the permission of the property owner along with his girlfriend. Both reported hearing a vehicle pull onto the property and believed the person in the vehicle may be there to commit a theft. Fagundes verbally called out in the direction of the vehicle telling the person he was a ranch hand and to leave the property. A short argument ensued and Fagundes fired one round from a revolver into the air to warn off the person in the vehicle. Barentine reportedly fired multiple shots into the air in response prior to leaving the property. Neither party could identify the other due to it being dark. No one was injured during the incident. The case is currently under further investigation for possible weapons violations by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
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