On September 9, 2009, at approximately 11:00 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported family fight in the 2500 block of Willow Breeze Drive, Chino Valley. The 42-year-old female caller indicated her ex-boyfriend, identified as 42-year-old David Brandt, had brandished a handgun and was now fighting with another male family member.
Upon arrival, deputies contacted the originating caller and learned Brandt had fled the area. The ex-girlfriend told deputies that she awoke earlier this evening and found Brandt inside her bedroom after everyone, including her two children, had gone to bed. While speaking to him about his unwanted presence in the house, she saw a handgun in his pocket. She grabbed the gun and ran to the other end of the house to alert family. Brandt chased and caught her as she was awaking at adult family member. Brandt was able to wrestle the gun from her grasp and activate the firearm’s slide which ejected two rounds. As he attempted to load another magazine into the handgun’s body, the adult male tried to subdue Brandt. At this time, Brand’s ex-girlfriend was able to grab the handgun and flee the room while Brandt fought with the male family member before being forced from the home. The male discovered he had been bitten by Brandt during the scuffle.
Deputies recovered the weapon and began searching the area. Chino Valley Police Officers were also in the area assisting with the search. After about 45 minutes, the Chino Valley Officers located Brandt hiding behind an electrical box near his home in the 2700 block of Willow Breeze Drive. Brandt was uncooperative and initially resisted the attempts of officers and deputies to place him in-custody but was eventually handcuffed. Brandt was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on 4 counts of Endangerment, 4 counts of Recklessly Handling a Firearm, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary and Assaulting Law Enforcement Personnel. He remains in-custody on a 1 million dollar bond and is due in court September 17, 2009.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at
(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov