Yavapai Gaming - August 2014

Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us | Subscribe | Yellow Pages
Prescott Valley Tribune | Prescott Valley, Arizona

home : latest news : latest news August 28, 2014


8/13/2013 1:21:00 PM
Prescott Valley Police investigate shooting death
Prescott Valley Tribune


Prescott Valley police are investigating a Monday afternoon shooting death that appears to be accidental.

At about 4:30, p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 7700 block of Gentle Winds Road after a 911 call for help. Officers learned on their way to the call that a person had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers and emergency personnel found 56-year-old Gary Wingate, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a PVPD news release, Wingate was in the residence with his 54-year-old wife. The wife reported that Mr. Wingate wanted her to hand him a 12-gauge shotgun that the couple had. Wingate was not comfortable handling a firearm but told investigators she did what her husband asked. During this process the gun discharged and struck Wingate in the upper torso.

PVPD Sgt. Brandon Bonney said that the condition of the scene and Mrs. Wingate's explanation of what happened leads to the appearance that the shooting was accidental.

"It seems like they meant to take it (the shotgun) out this weekend on a trip and he wanted her to get more familiar with it," Bonney said, adding that this death is the second fatal shooting of one family member by another in the past few months.

In June, a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot his father after finding a loaded weapon in a friend's home. Also, Bonney cited at least two incidents of late in which people shot themselves while cleaning firearms.

"It's important to remember that you should never point a weapon at something if you're not willing to destroy it," Bonney said. "And treat every weapon as if it was loaded."

Investigators are continuing to treat the incident as a homicide and the Yavapai County Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death, Bonney said. Once investigations are complete, the case will be forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for a determination of possible charges.

Bonney said a trauma intervention volunteer came to the scene to give support to Mrs. Wingate and arrange for contact with other family members.

Related Stories:
• Fatal shooting of husband ruled accidental


    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Code on dogs, limit on animals raises hackles (7 comments)
600 Bradshaw students dedicate ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to former student Gabe Reyes *with video* (2 comments)
Man calls to report assault, arrested on drug charges (1 comment)
Little League 9-10 Softball All Stars (1 comment)
Candidates are preparing the voters (5 comments)




Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Prescott Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast





Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
Yavapai Gaming - August 2014

© Copyright 2014 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Prescott Valley Tribune is the information source for Prescott Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, pvtrib.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved