On March 1, 2021, 24-year-old Zane Winther from Skull Valley was arrested after receiving reports that Winther was shooting a gun while traveling along Highway 89 in Yarnell.
The report came from the suspect’s mother who stated that Winther, a passenger in her car, was intoxicated when he began waving the handgun. She claimed that he was threatening to shoot someone. Shortly after those threats were made, Winther fired a round through the windshield of her moving car. Winther left his mom’s car and she called 911 immediately.
“Winther’s actions could have seriously injured or killed an innocent person and we are grateful that no one was hurt,” said Sheriff David Rhodes. “I want to thank our deputies for quickly getting into the area and arresting Winther.”
Deputies began a search of the area and learned Winther was now in a black SUV. Deputies located the vehicle at Foothill Road and Mountainaire Drive in Yarnell. During Winther’s arrest, he remained disorderly and made threats towards the deputies on scene. The gun was not located at the time.
Deputies continued to search the area for Winther’s weapon. The following day, a neighbor came forward after finding the handgun in a nearby field.
Winther is charged with Endangerment, Weapons Offense, Assault and Threatening and remains in-custody without bond.