SaddleBrooke woman arrested after shooting at deputy

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A SaddleBrooke woman was arrested last week after firing a gun at deputies responding to a harassment call.

On Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at 5:31 p.m., deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 21800 block of N. Shooting Star Rd., SaddleBrooke, in reference to a harassment call made by one neighbor against another neighbor.  While driving to the scene, the deputy received updated information from the reporting party indicating the neighbor had threatened to kill him.  There have been ongoing civil disputes between these same parties in the past.

When the first deputy arrived on scene, he went to the alleged suspects home which was in the 22100 block of  N. Shooting Star Rd.  As the deputy was walking up the driveway he began to yell, “Sheriff’s Office.”  The deputy heard a female voice say something to him at which point he yelled out “Sheriff’s Office” again.  The deputy then saw two muzzle flashes and heard two gunshots fired in his direction.  The deputy yelled over  the  radio “shots fired”  that he was “taking fire.”

A second deputy had also arrived on scene and was speaking to the reporting party when he heard the gunshots coming from the other residence involved.   Both deputies retreated to their vehicles, obtained their AR-15 rifles and went then went to residence where the shots came from.

Pamela Williams, 64, ran down the driveway toward the deputies.  She was secured in handcuffs.

Deputies cleared the residence not knowing at that point that Williams was in fact the shooter.

Inside of the master bedroom deputies located a pistol grip, pump action shotgun on the bed.  They could also smell the odor of marijuana and later observed it inside of the bedroom. Outside of the residence, they found a .22 caliber pistol on top of a shed in front of the residence.  The pistol was the one used to fire at the deputy by Williams.  The weapon had a misfire after the second shot was fired and the casing was wedged in the ejection port.

Williams was the only person found at the residence and was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault involving a police officer.

Once the residence was secured, deputies spoke with Bruce Fay, 53, who was the original reporting party.  It was discovered while speaking with Fay he had an outstanding assault-domestic violence warrant for his arrest issued out of the Oracle Justice Court.  As deputies attempted to take him into custody for the warrant, he tried to run away and then when caught he resisted arrest.  Eventually,  he was taken into custody.  During the search after his arrest, a baggie of what deputies believed to be marijuana was found in his shirt pocket.  Fay was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for the warrant.  Charges will be submitted against him for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Williams is currently being held without bond.

“Deputies are our first responders to emergencies when citizens call 9-1-1 for help,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said.  “We are thankful our deputy was able to go home that night and he was not hit by one of the bullets fired by Pamela Williams.”

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