PCSO: Man tried to kill minorities working at construction site

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Danny Davis By Andrew Michalscheck Danny Davis By Andrew Michalscheck

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A Florence man is facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly trying to shoot minorities working at a construction site.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said they responded late Monday morning after receiving word that shots had been fired in the area of Marigold Lane and Primrose in the Magma Ranch housing development.

A deputy on scene was able to locate a man matching the suspect’s description.

That man was 53-year-old Danny Davis, who allegedly pointed a rifle out the passenger window of his vehicle and fired a shot at the deputy’s vehicle. Fortunately, the shot missed its target.

Other deputies in the area heard the shot and performed a high-risk stop and apprehended Davis.

Davis, who allegedly showed signs of alcohol impairment, told deputies he was angry about the minorities working in the area.

PCSO said deputies learned that Davis had walked into a framed house and fired a shot at the men working inside.

Davis’ shot did not hit any of the workers.

“Danny Davis attempted to murder individuals because of their race,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. “Thanks to the victims reporting the crime and the investigation completed by deputies, once convicted of these felony offenses, the judge will impose a harsher sentence due to the aggravating factor of this case being classified as a hate crime.”

Along with attempted murder, Davis is also facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.