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Clarkdale man arrested for alleged shooting in Cottonwood

Shyan Atkins

Shyan Atkins

A Clarkdale man has been arrested on multiple felony charges after allegedly shooting a handgun near the feet of a Cottonwood man last week.

According to Cottonwood Detective Sergeant Tod Moore, the alleged shooting took place Aug. 10, 2:18 p.m.

According to a new release from Cottonwood police, officers responded to the area of North Main and 12th Street on a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they met with the reported victim, a 54-year-old man who claimed 25-year-old Shyan Atkins of Clarkdale,- had just fired two rounds from a .45-caliber handgun into the pavement at his feet.

The victim told officers he had observed a black Dodge pickup driven by Atkins driving through his neighborhood. The man then advised officers he got into his pickup and drove out to North Main Street and witnessed Atkins pull into a business located in the 500 block of North Main. He told police he pulled next to Atkins' vehicle to see why he was driving through his neighborhood.

The victim then reported that he got out of his vehicle and told Atkins, "We need to talk." The victim stated that Atkins pulled out a "black handgun, the kind you rack," and shot two rounds at him. Atkins then told the victim the next bullet was for him. Atkins then left the area in the black Dodge pickup.

Wednesday, Cottonwood detectives located the vehicle Atkins was driving at a home on West Fir Street. With the help of patrol officers, Cottonwood Police K-9, and detectives from GIITEM, a perimeter was established around the home until detectives were able to confirm Atkins was inside the residence. Once they verified Atkins was present, a Cottonwood Police negotiator placed a call to Atkins asking him to step outside. Atkins complied with officers orders and was subsequently taken into custody, according to the news release.

Atkins was transported to the Yavapai County Jail where he is currently being held on felony charges of aggravated assault per domestic violence, threatening and intimidating per domestic violence, and prohibited possessor of a firearm. The investigation is still ongoing, police said.

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