Hunting Partner ‘Accidentally Shot’ Near Heber


Police say a man who claimed he accidentally shot his hunting partner Sept. 2 was arrested on charges of attempted homicide.

Leonard Lake Sniff II called the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office about 8 p.m. Sept. 2 to report he had “accidentally shot” his hunting partner, Wesley Fred Wilcox, in the abdomen, off Forest Service Road 50, near Heber-Overgaard.

Sniff told officers he would meet them at the Capps Middle School in Heber.

When officers arrived on scene, Wilcox was bleeding heavily from a single gunshot wound to his midsection, according to a release from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilcox was flown to a Flagstaff hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Through an investigation, officers learned that Wilcox and Sniff had an altercation while hunting. During the quarrel, Leonard reportedly fired a Glock .40 caliber pistol at Wesley, striking his abdomen.

Lab results are pending and it is unclear if drugs or alcohol were a factor. Sniff was booked into the Navajo County Jail for attempted homicide in the early morning hours of Sept. 3.


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