Cordes Lakes Man Arrested for Attempted Homicide
Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call last Saturday night that a woman had been shot at her residence on Marble Canyon Way in Cordes Lakes.
According to YCSO, a 43 year old woman who lives next door to the alleged assailant went to his home to inform him that his dog was loose. The 31-year-old suspect, Joshua Johnson, allegedly shot her in the neck while she was trying to speak with him. The victim then took cover behind a truck with the help of some of her neighbors.
After shooting the woman, Johnson entered his house and shot at his wife, then held her against her will as she tried to escape with their 18-month-old child. Deputies arrived and rescued the first victim with the help of two nearby men who were working in the area. She was taken to a nearby community center. The YCSO SWAT team responded, and with the help of a 911 operator, got Johnson to surrender.
The shooting victim was flown to Deer Valley Hospital and released that evening.
YCSO officials say Johnson admitted to his crimes, saying he was “getting the devil out of both victims.” He has been booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted homicide per domestic violence, two counts of kidnapping per domestic violence, and two counts of disorderly conduct per domestic violence.