On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 1 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from an elderly gentleman who reported a shooting at his residence in the 38000 block of South Apache Peak Drive, SaddleBrooke.
When deputies arrived on scene, they spoke with the reporting party who was a 68-year-old man. The man told deputies he fell asleep in the main house and when he woke up his wife was not in bed. He went to their casita (small guest house) where he found his wife (age 63) in bed with Stephen Trevor Chapman, 22, Tucson.
The reporting party has Parkinson’s disease and uses a cane and sometimes a walker to get around. The man used his cane to “poke” at Chapman to wake him up and to tell him to get out of his house. Chapman became verbally abusive towards the man and began to yell profanities. Chapman refused to leave the residence despite being told to. The man told Chapman he was going to call the Sheriff for help. As the man was going to get his phone and gun for protection, Chapman came charging towards him in a threatening manner. The elderly man feared for his safety and fired a “warning shot” at Chapman with a .410 handgun/shotgun. The round struck a nearby wall and Chapman received a minor injury.
“This was an unusual call for our deputies in an active senior community,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “Clearly, this young man should have heeded the warnings of the homeowner to leave his residence and to stop sleeping with his wife. The young man is lucky that he only got poked with a cane and hit with a stray pellet from the shotgun.”
Chapman refused medical treatment for his hand. Chapman was booked into the Pinal County Jail for one count of Disorderly Conduct. The case will be submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review of other possible charges at the conclusion of the investigation.