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Blue Ridge, AZ: Thirty one year-old Justin Kincaid of Maricopa, Arizona was arrested on Friday, July 19, 2013 at about midnight after breaking into an unoccupied home located in the Blue Ridge area. Kincaid is believed to have illegally occupied the residential structure for several days before he caused significant damage to the contents and structure of the home. He allegedly armed himself with a shotgun he found inside the residence and fired it many times breaking some of the windows. It is believed he broke out the rest of the windows by other means. When deputies and other assisting law enforcement officers arrived Kincaid continued to discharge the shotgun inside the structure.
On Friday at about 5:15 pm the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received six 911 calls from neighbors who reported hearing multiple gunshots in close proximity to their homes. The callers could not see the suspect, but described the shots as being fired continuously. Neighbors congregated at one of the homes in the immediate area. Deputies arrived, began to search the area on foot and were able to hear multiple gunshots being fired. Deputies identified the home where the gunshots were originating from and established a perimeter and watched the structure from a position of safety. The suspect was playing loud music and could be seen pacing back and forth inside the house.
A Sheriff’s Lieutenant who was at the scene contacted the Flagstaff Police Department and requested that the FPD/CCSO SWAT team respond. Once the SWAT team was on scene they approached the residence in an armored vehicle and used an external speaker system to communicate with the suspect and convinced him to walk out of the residence unarmed. SWAT team members arrested Justin Kincaid without further incident.
After entering and searching the home deputies learned that vandalism to the interior of the structure was extensive and estimated cost of repairs and replacement to be as much as $100,000. It appeared that Kincaid targeted most everything breakable, to include shooting out or otherwise shattering every window (about 35, some very large), all mirrors, multiple high-end kitchen appliances and a large crystal and china collection. During their search deputies found 54 expended shotgun shells.
During an interview with Kincaid, detectives learned that he left the residence of a relative on July 14 and drove to Blue Ridge with the intentions of camping in the forest. He drove around Starlight Pines, claiming to be looking for forest access. According to the suspect he found a residence with an open garage door instead. Kincaid said he stayed in the garage until it was obvious that no one would be returning in the near future. At some point while the suspect was in the residence he became frustrated with his circumstances and did the previously described damage. Justin Kincaid is being held in the Coconino County Sheriff’s Detention Facility on charges of Second Degree Burglary, Felony Criminal Damage and Possession of a Firearm while committing a felony.
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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089