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6/28/2013 5:24:00 PM
Police arrest Cordes Lakes woman after she shoots gun in parking lot
Sherry Ann Eccles
Sherry Ann Eccles
Big Bug News

A Cordes Lakes woman is facing felony charges after she discharged a gun in the parking lot of the Dewey Medical Center on Wednesday, June 26.

Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said shortly after 4 p.m. on June 26, officers responded to a call of shots fired at the medical center on Highway 169. Officers arrived and learned that a shot had been fired but no one was injured. Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies assisted Prescott Valley officers on scene.

Investigators learned that Sherry Ann Eccles, 38, of Cordes Lakes, was at the Dewey Medical Center with her husband. Eccles' husband went to an appointment while she remained in the vehicle. Her husband left his .45 calibur handgun in the vehicle. Witnesses told police that Eccles was holding a handgun in her vehicle, and that she was acting strangely while holding the gun. At least one witness reported that Eccles had the gun pointed in her mouth or at least at her head, Bonney said.

During this event, Eccles discharged the weapon and the bullet traveled through the windshield and lodged in a nearby residential fence. Bonney said multiple onlookers at that point were endangered when the gun discharged. None of the witnesses reported Eccles pointing the gun directly at or threatening anyone with it.

Police took Eccles into custody without incident. She made various statements about the event, some of which were incriminating, Bonney said. Investigators suspect Eccles had consumed alcohol and medical marijuana, he said.

Officers booked Eccles into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of one count of disorderly conduct (recklessly discharging a firearm), one count of unlawful discharge of a firearm, and 12 counts of endangerment, all felonies, Bonney said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: J. A.

You can't blame the Mayer/Cordes area! She isn't even originally from Arizona. There are many people from all over who act with such crazy actions. There are also many of us from the same Mayer/Cordes area (and even the same blood line) who are upstanding citizens. But of course, people who lead non-headline-making lives from this area are not as interesting to read about.

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: Oh Great

Another fine upstanding citizen from the Mayer/Cordes lakes corridor!

Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Article comment by: tom marzullo

Was the gun wounded or was it fatal?
was it automatic or a revolving issue?
and, what did the gun do to earn such response?

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