Grand Jury To Decide Fate Of Trailside Shooter

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A Flagstaff grand jury will decide Thursday whether to indict the man who killed 43-year-old Payson resident Grant Kuenzli on a remote trailhead in May, according to the Coconino County Attorney's Office.

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Harold Fish

Harold Fish, 57, of Glendale, said he was defending himself when he shot an unarmed Kuenzli three times in the chest. Fish suffered no injuries during the confrontation.

According to Coconino County Sheriff's Office reports, Fish was finishing a 10-mile hike on the Pine Canyon trail south of Clint's Well when he encountered Kuenzli and two of the three dogs that were with him camping in the area.

Fish told sheriff's detectives that he believed the dogs were going to attack him and fired a warning shot into the ground. The dogs dispersed and that's when, according to Fish, Kuenzli allegedly threatened him.

Fish told Coconino County Sheriff's Sgt. David Ramos that Kuenzli was running at him "full-speed ... with a wild, crazed look in his eyes" and screaming he was going to kill him. He then shot and killed Kuenzli.

In June, Coconino County Attorney Terry Hance made a formal recommendation to the grand jury that Fish be charged with second-degree murder. Hance said his recommendation was because the facts in the case best conformed to that charge.

"An intentional killing without premeditation," Hance said. "Arizona law is specific about use of deadly force and self-defense. It is limited to responding to deadly force. The facts are that an unarmed man was shot three times."

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