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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:07

Domestic Abuse Leads to Death Featured

The name of the deceased is released. 


At present, YCSO detectives have determined that JAMES JOHNSON, age 50, was involved in a physical domestic dispute involving his wife, age 50, and his step-son, age 19.  It is believed that Johnson first attacked his wife, breaking her leg in the process.  Mr. Johnson then turned his attention to his step-son and began to choke him.  It was during this attack that Johnson’s wife was able to remove a handgun from her husband’s belt and fire multiple shots into his body.  The son, fearing further threat, stabbed his step-father with a kitchen knife.  (Domestic Violence victim names withheld at this time).

The Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that one of the shots fired into James Johnson’s body caused his death.  

This case will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s office for evaluation of any charges.

UPDATED INFORMATION: June 19, 2017 The decedent in this case is identified as JAMES BERYL JOHNSON, age 50.  Mr. Johnson resided in the home in the 1400 block of McKee Mine Road with his wife, age 48, and his stepson, age 19.  Both were present in the home at the time of Mr. Johnson’s death and are cooperating with investigators.  Their names are not being released at this time. The investigation is ongoing with updates forthcoming. 


On Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at about 5:35 pm Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of the sound of shots coming from a home on McKee Mine Road, located off of Highway 89, south of Prescott, AZ.  Upon arrival at the residence deputies discovered the deceased body of an adult male.  Other family members were located inside the home and provided statements to deputies.

Information regarding specific circumstances concerning the death are still under investigation and investigators are still conducting several interviews.  Further information will be released as details become available.  The medical examiner’s office will determine exact cause and manner of death.

Additional details are expected early next week.  If necessary, Deputy Reed can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:

Last modified on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:19
Dwight D'Evelyn

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator
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