PRELIMINARY INFORMATION based on initial verbal reports from the scene –
At approximately 11PM last night, July 2, 2016, YCSO a 46-year-old woman called YCSO to report that while driving along Highway 169 near Old Cherry Creek Road, she was being followed by her estranged husband, 58-year-old William Nelson of Dewey. When she slowed to make a turn, he pulled alongside her vehicle and fired a shot which smashed out her car window. Fortunately, she was not hit and the suspect continued on 169 towards I17. The victim also indicated William had threatened suicide earlier in the day.
An area broadcast describing the suspect vehicle, a green Dodge Ram Charger, was issued to area law enforcement agencies. Just before 11:20 PM, a YCSO deputy located the suspect vehicle exiting I17 at Highway 260 towards Camp Verde. As assisting deputies arrived, a traffic stop was initiated on Highway 260 near Quarter Horse Lane. Nelson exited his vehicle armed with a handgun and when he confronted deputies, a single deputy fired to stop the threat. The suspect was hit in the upper right leg/thigh area and went down. When safe, deputies approached and rendered first aid. The suspect was eventually flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and will apparently survive the injury. He will remain at the hospital in-custody, pending surgery.
Detectives from the YCSO Criminal Investigations Bureau were called out early this morning to begin their investigation which will continue throughout the day.
Further updates when known, but not likely before tomorrow.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov