Man Allegedly Shot By Girlfriend’s Father Following Physical Altercation

Published by The Bee News

September 19, 2018

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BULLHEAD CITY — A local man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father after the two engaged in an altercation that ended with one person being shot.

Bullhead City Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said police were called for a domestic fight in the 1300 block of Park Lane shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday night. It was reported that Joseph Adam Montanez and his girlfriend’s father, Robert A. Demaria Jr., 52, got into an altercation.

According to reports, the two men were physically fighting and Demaria reportedly assaulted Montanez with a crowbar. When Demaria went to his truck, Montanez reportedly went outside and started throwing rocks at Demaria. Demaria got out his 22 calibur rifle and Montanez reportedly grabbed the barrel of the rifle and a struggle ensued. The rifle discharged and wounded Montanez.

Montanez was transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound/graze to his back area. Demaria was also transported to WARMC hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained in the fight.

Montanez was treated and released from WARMC and taken to the Mohave County jail in Kingman on charges of aggravated assault per domestic violence and disorderly conduct per domestic violence charges.

Fromelt said Demaria was being treated for his injuries and he will face the same charges.

The incident remains under investigation.

Photo by JEFF ARGANDA/The Bee

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