Residents confront trespasser, fire warning shot

Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 19:20:19-05

Prescott homeowners fired shots and held a suspect at gunpoint Thursday morning until deputies arrived.

A 72-year-old woman called 911 and reported an armed man running across her property around 10:30a.m. She told the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office that her 45-year-old son was holding the suspect at gunpoint.

When deputies arrived, neighbors told them that they heard gunshots. The deputies saw that the mother and son had detained the suspect, 40-year-old Adam Kenneth Thomas.

Thomas told investigators that he was "out jogging."

The son told deputies that he came home and saw Thomas opening the access gate to the property. The son said he called his mother and told her to get a rifle and call 911.  

The son also told deputies that Thomas turned around, pushed through the gate and charged at him. The son said he went onto the property, where his mother joined him, intent on making sure that Thomas did not leave.

Investigators said Thomas tried to leave by punching the 72-year-old resident and her son in the face. As a result, the son fired a warning shot from his handgun into the ground to get Thomas to stop his assault, deputies said.

Deputies say both victims were obviously injured. The son's injuries included facial swelling, possible dental damage and an injured right arm. His mother received a bruise to her forehead and a cut to her left hand. 

Thomas had minor injuries and was checked at the hospital before being booked at the Prescott Jail. He was released Tuesday pending review of the case by the Yavapai County attorney.