Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an injury accident and a report of shots fired at the scene Monday (8/15) morning. At about 7:47 a.m., deputies responded to W Chino Drive near San Pedro Road. Upon arrival, deputies observed a white Dodge truck and a silver SUV that were overturned, involved in the accident.
Deputies learned that the male subject driving the white truck pointed a gun and shot at the driver of the SUV while they were driving. The male driver of the white truck fled on foot. The driver of the SUV did not suffer any injuries from being shot at. The male subject with the gun was described as a Hispanic wearing a blue shirt and boxer shorts.
Black Mountain Elementary School was initially placed on lockdown and later the school was place on lockout.
Lockout allows students and faculity members to conduct business as normal within the building.
An immediate search of the area was conducted for the male subject. Department of Public Safety Kingman Ranger responded and conducted an aerial search while Kingman Police Department K9 Officer with his K9 responded and conducted a ground search.
Investigations determined Anthony Melena, 31, of Golden Valley, was driving the truck and the driver of the silver SUV is Melena’s girlfriend’s brother identified as Jordan Andrew Purdy, 25, of Bullhead City.
Apparently, Melena and Purdy had a verbal confrontation earlier Monday (8/15) morning at Melena’s residence in the 3600 block of N Bibo Road where Melena fired a shot. No one at the residence was injured. Melena left the residence and shortly thereafter Purdy also left the residence.
At about 11:05 a.m., Mohave County Search and Rescue member and KPD K9 Officer tracked the suspect to a residence in the 3400 block of Magma Road. In speaking with the homeowner, it was determined that a male subject matching the description of Melena was allowed in his house to make a phone call and shortly thereafter someone picked him up in a vehicle and transported him to Kingman Regional Medical Center. Deputies responded to KRMC and confirmed Melena was being treated in the emergency room from injuries from the accident. Deputies confiscated Melena’s 25-caliber gun. Later, deputies learned that Melena was being transported to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. This case will be forwarded to the Mohave County’s Attorney’s Office for review.