Chino Valley man arrested after shots fired into ex-wife's home

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PRESCOTT -- Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested two people after shots were fired into a Prescott home Thursday night.

When deputies arrived at the home in the 900 block of South Rancho Vista Drive, a 69-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife said that someone had fired rounds into their home while they were inside.

Deputies discovered bullet holes in a window next to the front door and found evidence that several rounds struck various objects inside the home. Some rounds entered the living room where the man had been sitting. Neither resident was injured.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said deputies did not find any suspects in the area.

Since it appeared the home had been targeted, the residents were questioned about a motive for the shooting.

According to D'Evelyn, the woman explained that her ex-husband, Paul Gerace, 74, from Chino Valley, was likely involved. She had past problems with Gerace and had an order of protection from the court.

Based on the information, deputies and area police agencies were notified about Gerace's possible involvement in the shooting.

Just before 10 p.m., Chino Valley police officers stopped Gerace as he was driving toward his home. A passenger in the vehicle, Scott Arnold, 27, was also detained.

Based on statements obtained by YCSO detectives, Gerace and Arnold were arrested for two counts of attempted murder and several counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Gerace and Arnold were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and bond was set at $75,000. Gerace has since been released on bond and Arnold remains in custody.

Detectives are continuing their investigation. If anyone has information about this incident or had contact with either suspect on April 15, contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3278 and ask for Detective Mike Poling. Callers may also report information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Refer to case number 10-014345.