Alleged burglar's wife accidentally shot by stolen riflePosted: Updated:
DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. -- A woman is in critical condition after a rifle in the back seat of her station wagon, allegedly stolen by her husband during a home burglary, accidentally fired and hit her in the stomach while she was unloading groceries, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.
Mohave deputies responded to a trespassing call from a homeowner at roughly 7 a.m. on July 9th. The caller said two men broke into his house by breaking a bedroom window and that he was barricaded in his garage with a pellet gun.
By the time officers arrived, the suspects were gone and the victim said they had stolen a laptop, $18 and a .22-caliber rifle. The victim was able to identify one suspect as Justin Wayne Thompson and described the other one as having tattoos on his arms, chest and back. A witness said the two suspects left in a red car.
A few hours later, at about 10 a.m., deputies responded to an accidental shooting with a .22-caliber rifle. The victim was being taken to be airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital while police were en route.. When the police arrived, they saw two men and a woman standing near a red station wagon. The officers were able to identify one of the men as Thompson, and they took him into custody.
The woman at the scene said she and her daughter were unloading groceries when a rifle in the backseat fired and hit her daughter, who was also Thompson's wife. The rifle was broken into two pieces, but police were able to identify that it was the one stolen in the burglary earlier that morning. Investigations so far have shown that no one else was in the car when the rifle fired.
Deputies found a man matching the other suspect's description in a trailer on the property and took him into custody. The second suspect was identify as Michael Blaine Turner. Turner was on parole after being released from prison for armed robbery. Officers also found the stolen laptop in a trailer.
Turner and Thompson are both facing felony charges of burglary and possession of a weapon by prohibited persons. Thompson's wife, the accidental shooting victim, is currently listed in critical condition after being airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas.