Discharge of Firearm leads to Aggravated Assault Arrest

On 06/15/2022 at approximately 9:03 am, Chino Valley Police Department Officers and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 1800 block of Cindy Court in reference to a firearm being discharged.

Upon arrival officers met with the victim. The victim, a 25-year-old Chino Valley resident explained his grandfather, who lives in a small apartment on the same property as him, broke a window on the rear door, entered his residence, and pointed a firearm at him. The victim started to flee out of his residence and his grandfather discharged the firearm in his direction. The victim was unharmed during this incident.

The victim ran out of the residence towards officers as they arrived on scene. A few moments after,  another tenant exited the residence unharmed.
Officers on scene attempted to make phone contact with the suspect but were unsuccessful.

Officers approached the residence using a patrol vehicle as cover and ordered the suspect out of the residence using a public address system. The suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect was identified as 62-year-old Chino Valley resident Richard Bernal. Richard was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm inside a residential structure and endangerment.

Chino Valley Police Department would like to thank Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority for their assistance during this incident.

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