A Parker man was fatally shot after he drove onto someone’s property in Chino Valley and fired a shot, according to media reports.
Delton Griffith, 58, had apparently driven his pickup truck onto the property unannounced and gotten it stuck in the middle of a garden area. When the resident of the property and another man visiting approached the vehicle, Griffith allegedly fired a weapon at least once. Both men were armed, deputies say, and fired back at the driver, killing him.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting after deputies responded to the home near Yuma Drive and Road 3 at around 8:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Investigators interviewed two men and other witnesses for several hours and collected evidence Sunday morning after a warrant was served at the home.
Officials said that self-defense was a factor in the investigation and no arrests have been made. Prosecutors will ultimately decide whether any criminal charges are justified in the death.
A toxicology report will determine whether any impairment was a factor in the incident.