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8/21/2013 5:59:00 AM
Gun discharge injures man; police seek info on stabbing incident

Forgotten round wounds man

GOLDEN VALLEY - A Golden Valley man discovered the hard way that there is more than one definition of gun control when he accidentally shot himself in the leg on Sunday.

David Allen Matheson, 52, told Mohave County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a swap meet in the 3200 block of N. Bacobi Road that he purchased ammunition for his handgun and wanted to make sure the rounds fit.

He told deputies he emptied the old ammunition from the magazine and as he loaded the new bullets "his finger must have been on the trigger and the gun went off."

Matheson told deputies he forgot to remove a round from the chamber.

The .45-caliber round entered his upper left thigh. River Medical treated Matheson at the scene and brought him to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition on Monday.

Deputies seized the handgun.

Shots fired, man arrested

KINGMAN - An ongoing dispute between two men led to gunplay and an arrest Monday night in the area of Kingman Avenue and Chloride Street.

Ronald A. Castillo, 47, was arrested at about 11:10 p.m. on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, weapons misconduct and two misdemeanor warrants issued out of Kingman Municipal Court for failure to pay fines.

The incident began about an hour earlier when dispatchers received several 9-1-1 calls regarding shots fired.

Kingman Police officers contacted the alleged victim and several witnesses, who told them a man fired a handgun at the victim after the victim reported seeing Castillo allegedly prowling around his property.

Nobody was injured and the incident stemmed from an altercation between the two men earlier on Monday.

Castillo denied any involvement and was booked into Mohave County jail without incident.

Police: Stabbing victim silent

KINGMAN - The Kingman Police Department seeks information on a stabbing that occurred Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Sunrise Avenue.

According to Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper, the 35-year-old victim refused to cooperate with investigators. He was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Cooper, the victim and his assailant have been involved in an ongoing dispute.

"Without the cooperation of the victim, there's not much we can do with this," said Cooper.

Those with relevant information can contact the KPD at (928) 753-2191 or go to and click on the "Give a Tip" link.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: I Want My Gun Where's My Gun

Yoo Hoo Gun O.000, and you think this only happens after the sun goes down. We live in a society that allows and encourages guns and manufacturers that refuse to use technology to assure "accidents" like this don't happen.

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: License, Register and Insure

Let's say Will Bill here shot some innocent. What compensation would that person receive. Oh, I suppose they could try to take him to court. But a better solution would be to have insurance that would more quickly pay the victim. This is exactly why guns should be treated like cars. License, register, and insure. If this were the case Will Bill would be paying a higher premium for his carelessness. Instead I suspect we'll get stuck with his hospital bill.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

This is precisely why I never go for a walk after dark when it cools off a bit. A fellow could get himself shot. Even if you have nothing to do with the morons who are fighting, or what it was over. I've lived too long to go out and get killed trying to get some exercise.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: DoH Again

Disappointed. I'm not a gun not, nor gun control nut. I do believe in Firearm Training and Safety. But if you are going to carry a firearm, pretend you're carrying a live rattlesnake. Stop thinking for a second and you're gonna get bit. As far as shooting wildly over some dispute, Sheesh. Everybody has a right to protect themselves. Maybe Kingman should have an open boxing ring of some sort where people can settle their disputes. At least that way the town can sell tickets, and that's just good for the economy, and the fools don't have to waste the bullets.

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