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10/13/2012 12:01:00 AM
Prescott Valley double homicide: Man released as investigation continues into shooting of his mother, brother
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Police officers cordon off the scene of a double homicide that took place inside a home near the intersection of Robert Road and Lakeshore Drive Thursday afternoon in Prescott Valley.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Police officers cordon off the scene of a double homicide that took place inside a home near the intersection of Robert Road and Lakeshore Drive Thursday afternoon in Prescott Valley.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

A person of interest in a Prescott Valley double homicide is claiming self-defense in the shooting of his brother.

Daniel Wood, 28, of Prescott Valley said his brother Edward James Wood, 44, of Prescott Valley shot and killed their mother, Elizabeth Wood, 72, of Prescott. Daniel told police he confronted Edward and, during a struggle, fatally shot him, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

Daniel Wood was detained, interviewed and released Thursday.

"(Daniel) was released because we had no probable cause to arrest him at this point," Bonney said. "We'll continue to process evidence and go over his statement and interview, and if we find evidence that this is not a self-defense case, then he will face charges at that point."

At 2:47 p.m. Thursday, police officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to a report of shots fired in the 3600 block of Robert Road in Prescott Valley and found two people dead in an apartment.

Daniel reportedly told investigators that he, his brother and his mother were cleaning apartment #2 in the duplex that belonged to Edward when they had a disagreement. Edward went to his apartment, #1, and allegedly retrieved two handguns, Bonney said.

Daniel told investigators that he was in a bedroom when Edward returned, and he heard several gunshots in the living room area where Edward allegedly shot and killed Elizabeth, Bonney said.

Shortly after that there was a confrontation between the brothers, which ended when Daniel shot Edward several times, killing him, Bonney said.

Daniel then called 911, Bonney said.

Investigators recovered multiple firearms at the scene.

Anyone who has information related to the incident is encouraged to call Detective M. Hepperle at 928-772-5176.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012
Article comment by: say it ain't so

Other than being completely stupified or baffled I have a few comments.

One issue is....who shoots their mother?

Who shoots their mother...and their brother?

Holy parricidal bloodbath batman!

Another is... if the police are so confident in the survivors innocence....why are they still seeking information from the public about it?


Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012
Article comment by: Way to Trivialize a Tragedy

@ Foot in Mouth

It's truly unfortunate that you read a tragic story like this and the only contribution you can make is sophomoric criticism of others' writing abilities.


Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: Hey I like it

The courier put your foot in your mouth department
You rock I hope to see you around more often!!!!!!!


Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: The courier put your foot in your mouth department.

Hey, commenter to Antonia Chavez. You did not capitalize a proper name, you misspelled 'states', you mistakenly used 'seemed' for 'seem' so you are hardly someone who should offer grammar or spelling lessons to anyone. Maybe you were just excited, or typing challenged ... but I doubt it!

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: TO: antonia chavez

Welcome to the United Sttes. You seemed to have grasped the English language fairly well. But here's a little grammar tip - in this country we use capitolization and punctuation. Gracias amigo!

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: just me

How could it be so bad that you have to kill your mother over a disagreement? Two family members are dead and one is alive. Only one person knows what happened in that house.

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: Cy Darmless

I see, M D. The use of the word "allow" implies that it is permissible. I would argue that being unable to prevent something does not equate "allowing" something, especially considering that you cited examples that our Gun Control Acts specifically do not allow. I can live with your explanation that you didn't intend what you said in the literal sense... even if you closed your message by holding my disclaimer to the highest degree of literal interpretation.

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: M D

@Cy. You aren't so naive to say that every person acquires guns from legitimate gun dealers are you? You aren't so naive to claim that all parents are responsible enough to lock up their guns so the children don't have access are you? You aren't so naive to claim that criminals are unable to get firearms are you? You aren't so naive that you would claim the mentally ill are prevented access to Saturday night specials are you? It is much easier to get access to a gun than it is to get access to healthcare. And as far as never entering the gun debate, you just did.

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: TO: Wouldn't Matter

You can't argue that having a firearm nearby certainly helps facilitate (look it up...) a violent act.

It's a lot harder (and more personal) to kill someone without a firearm. And who knows, if the aggressor has to find another weapon he just might cool off or some type of intervention may occur.

Bottomline, you are incorrect to think it "wouldn't matter." There's no way you or anyone else can know that.


Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: antonia chavez

when we are told to shut up get in a straight line and no talking we will remember the days when a man had freedom and all of you who think this cant happen keep thinking that guns dont matter they are the difference between freedom and total control of a people who thought they were too big to fall unfortunatally in the balance of life they can be used for good and bad let us just pray for those that are violated by them but let us not make the mistake of thinking that its the weapon that caused this tragedy pray for the family and make a stand for rightouness

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: Cy Darmless

I never enter the "gun debate" foray because I'm one of those rare birds that has no interest in owning a weapon, but also has no interest in telling others that they shouldn't.

But from where, oh where, M D, do you possibly get the idea that the "country we live in allows any person to have a gun"?



Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Article comment by: @ Dingo Dad

Based on your comment, I can assume that you are not a US born citizen and I donít know how you protect yourself and family from someone who is intent on causing you and/or your family harm. I do not carry my firearm everywhere I go even though at one time I did have a concealed carry permit when it was required to do so.

I do know that this 50ish, independent, wife, mother and grandmother will not think twice in protecting my spouse, children and grandchildren if I feel that any of our lives are being threatened and in danger. If you feel that is a laughable cause, or acting like a lunatic or being insane then so be it.

I donít or wonít rely on someone coming to my aid as Iím calling 911 for help! If someone wants to commit a crime against me or my family, I want the odds in my favor!

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wood family. Losing family members (no matter how)is very heartbreaking!


Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: M D

The country we live in allows any person to have a gun, whether the are sane or insane, criminal or law abiding, trained or untrained. Guns are a big business, are plentiful and cheap. These things will never change.

The only person running in the presidential election that has signed a law restricting gun ownership is Mysterious Mitt.


Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Self Defense

All the people that want to out law guns are crazy. Criminal and crazy people will find a way to get a gun. Even if its illegal for them to have it. Then they break into your house when you are sleeping. You here them, But you have no gun. So what do you use to protect yourself and family. A frying pan, a knife, a baseball bat? Your dead before you raise it up and go after the perpetrator . But if you had a gun and could kill 1st you have a chance. You have the right to protect your self if you feel your life is treated.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: To: Harvey Wallbanger

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Wouldn't Matter

It wouldn't matter whether the gun is there or not if someone wants to kill someone they will do it without a gun just as well with a gun. You can't say that no one would have died if the gun wasn't there. That's ridiculous.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: TO: O O

You might want to brush up on your understanding of the law. A double homcide still occured whether or not they arrest someone. Even if it's proven to be self-defense, it's still homicide.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: PV Neighbor

Only those comments made expressing condolences to the Wood family only have merit here. If you don't know them personally, then you shouldn't be saying much about their family dynamics. There were other issues with the deceased brother that you don't know about and thus judgement should be spared.

As for using this forum to tell someone to use spellcheck, unless that person's computer can differintiate "bare" from "bear", mistakes will be missed.


Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Richard Cranium

@try spell checker
That would be a grammatical error not a spelling error. Just saying. Also spell checker is two words. My spell checker told me so.


Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: try spellchecker

tom steele : since you feel compelled to write in something about every single article in this paper, day afer day , i suggest you learn to use a spellchecker. the word is spelled "BEAR" , not "BARE". "bare" arms would be without covering , to "bear" something means to carry it. maybe you're just exhausted from dispensing all of your invaluable , unrequested , wisdom.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: @ Tom Steele

I'm with you. Let's set up a group for those who want to bare arms! Hairy, freckled, shaved or anything goes? We'll all wear cutoffs or tank tops.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: O O

If the person taken away by police, and not charged with a crime, is true, There was no double homicide. Another award winning story.

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Truth Please.

@TOM STEELE. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A MILIIA for the SECURITY of the free STATE Tom, NOT the average citizen on the street to use on their fellow citizens!

Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: Dingo Dad

I personally don't understand the American preoccupation of having access to weapons. Mr. Steele's comment that countries w/o the obsession of allowing its citizenry to arm are in some way more violent than the USA is laughable.

Hunting is not a sport. Now, arm the animals then it will be a sport. If you remove the guns from the general population & limit to those charged with providing law & order you are on your way to a more sane place for us all to live.

Consider the data provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime who observed that the rates of crime that fall into the heading of intentional homicide are over 10 times greater in the USA than that of Western Europe and Australasia. How you can bury your head in the sand and claim that a right to guns for an individual trumps the right of a peace loving person not to have their lives turned upside down by some lunatic brandishing their "2nd Amendment" rights.

While it may be a constitutional right is it your right or anyone else's for that matter to have the ability to impinge on rights those of us who see guns for what they are? Absolutely not. People with guns often elevate themselves to judge, jury and of course executioner when they have the means to do so. You might do well to consider that this is why we have law enforcement to maintain order for us all.

What did this person have multiple weapons for? Was he out hunting down a renegade band of roadrunners? This is even more argument why America needs to lose its fascination & lurid obsession with guns. I say take the lot away and return some semblance of sanity to this great country.

It is a great shame that 2 more people lost their lives in PV. Before you say it - guns don't kill people, people kill people. What a load of garbage. Without the gun there would likely not be 2 more dead people. That's a gun problem not a people problem.

DD


Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Article comment by: @ Tom Steele

Your ignorance disgusts me! You have no clue what you are talking about, there are many countries with very strict gun control laws with very low crime rates. It is your kind of pro-gun bull#### that is simply mind boggling.


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