PD: Prescott Valley man arrested after trying to shoot moon with handgun

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Cameron Frank Read By Jennifer Thomas Cameron Frank Read By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A 39-year-old Prescott Valley man accused of firing several gunshots Friday night said he was trying to shoot the moon.

Prescott Valley police responded to a home in the 4400 block of Preston Drive after a woman reported that her boyfriend had fired several shots from a handgun and was still armed.

The woman and her teenage son were in the home when the shots were fired. They told police that Cameron Frank Read was talking about seeing Halley's Comet and shortly after that he fired a round out of the window.

The victims said they heard several more shots as they fled the residence. They were not injured.

Officers began talking with Read, who refused to come out of the home and reportedly caused damage to the residence. He eventually exited the home but was confrontational with the officers and resisted arrested, according to Prescott Valley Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brandon Bonney. Officers took him into custody by force.

Bonney said Read admitted to firing the weapon multiple times and trying to shoot the moon. He told officers that he was not trying to harm anyone.

Bonney said Read also admitted to smoking marijuana before the incident.

Read was booked into the Yavapai County Jail for one count of unlawful discharge of a firearm, one count of resisting arrest, two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of endangerment, all felony charges. He also faces misdemeanor criminal damage.