Squirrel Shooter Caught At High School With A Gun

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An 18-year-old man was arrested Monday morning in the parking lot of Payson High School after he allegedly fired a pistol near another vehicle north of town.

Dodd Chambers, 18, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct with a weapon and with having a weapon on school grounds, a sheriff's detective said.

According to Det. George Ratliff of the Gila County Sheriff's Department, Chambers was driving down Control Road when he stopped and fired shots from a .22-caliber revolver at a squirrel.

"There was a vehicle behind him," Ratliff said. "But he didn't fire at it, which is initially how the call came in."

A Payson Police Department officer caught up with Chambers when he was entering the north parking lot of Payson High School at about 7:45 a.m. According to Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department, Chambers was detained until the Gila County Sheriff's Department arrived. The pistol was found concealed under the seat of the car.

"Because the initial shooting falls under county jurisdiction, (Gila County Sheriff's Department) made the arrest," Engler said.

Chambers, a former PHS student, was taken into custody, cited and released on bond. According to Ratliff, Chambers is believed to be a local resident but listed himself as a transient.

"The gun and a box of ammunition were confiscated for evidence," said Ratliff. A female and male juvenile who were in the car with Chambers at the time of the shooting were not charged.

A preliminary hearing for Chambers is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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