Suspect arrested, weapon recovered in Cottonwood shooting

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UPDATE DEC. 18:

The following news release was sent by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

COTTONWOOD -- On December 17, 2008, at approximately 6:30 P.M., David Evans agreed to meet with YCSO deputies regarding the shots fired incident on December 16th. Evans heard that YCSO was looking for him and had distributed wanted posters and a media release.

Evans told YCSO that when he arrived at his sister's apartment on South Mountain Drive, several occupants in a vehicle which had followed him to the apt. building stopped and threatened to assault him. Evans initially claimed someone from the vehicle fired shots towards him causing him to run to a second floor apartment. Later in the interview, Evans admitted no one from the vehicle fired any rounds and acknowledged he had been the one who fired a handgun. Evans explained he fired shots from the second floor landing to scare off the occupants in the vehicle which caused them to drive away. Evans had since hidden the handgun, but at direction of the deputies, made immediate arrangements to turn the weapon in. A short time later, a deputy recovered the handgun from a home in Cottonwood. Deputies explained to Evans the extreme danger he caused by firing a handgun in the vicinity of a densely populated area. Deputies learned Evans is classified as a prohibited weapons possessor due to a prior felony conviction.

Evans told deputies he never saw Offner during the incident. He did recognize his girlfriend's brother as one of those in the vehicle.

Based on the investigation, Evans was arrested for two counts of Weapons Misconduct involving Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, two counts of Endangerment, and two counts of Prohibited Possession of a Firearm which include possession as a convicted felon and possession in violation of a protection order.

Although the investigation continues, YCSO would like to cancel the want regarding Keith Offner.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

The following news release was sent by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

COTTONWOOD - On 12-16-08 at approx. 2040 hrs, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 2495 South Mountain View Drive, Verde Village Unit 2, in Cottonwood.Numerous complainants reported hearing multiple gunshots near the apartment building at that address.Upon arrival, deputies obtained statements from two residents who said they were outside when a car drove up and its passengers made threats against a male, identified as 23-year-old David Jay Evans, from Cottonwood. The passengers apparently knew that Evans was there to visit his children and family members.

The occupants in the vehicle were asked to leave, but refused. Within moments, gunfire erupted and the people in the yard retreated to the upstairs apartment along with Evans, who had been standing on the landing when the car initially arrived. Numerous witnesses estimated at least five (5) shots were fired.

After the gunfire ended, the car fled in an unknown direction.No license plate or vehicle information was known, but the car was believed to have been driven by 20-year-old Keith David Offner from Cottonwood. The confrontation apparently resulted from a domestic violence incident between Evans and his girlfriend that occurred in Cottonwood earlier that evening.Offner was reported to be the former boyfriend of Evans current girlfriend and is suspected of having gathered several people to find Evans and exact retribution for the domestic violence incident.Deputies discovered that Evans also left the apartment building after the incident and before deputies arrived on scene.

Deputies found several spent bullet cartridges from a pistol on the apartment grounds. Deputies also found an unspent cartridge at the edge of the apartment building parking lot near the street. Information obtained during the investigation led deputies to believe Evans fired a pistol from the second floor landing toward the people in the car on the street.Offner is suspected of firing a handgun toward the apartment building where Evans stood on the landing.No one was hit by any rounds and there was no reported property damage at the location or adjacent properties.

YCSO notified several area law enforcement agencies hoping to locate Evans and Offner, but as of today, they have not been found. Evans was believed to have left the scene to avoid arrest for his involvement in this matter.Evans may be driving a black 2001 Nissan Maxima passenger car with Arizona personalized license plate LILDBOY.Offner may have fled in a white Lexus or similar style passenger car with a brown stripe along the bottom.Offner has several prior outstanding warrants. Both are considered armed and dangerous and wanted for questioning in this incident.

YCSO is seeking anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Evans and Offner, to immediately call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 or the Sheriff's Office at 928- 771-3260.