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1/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Man to deputies: I shot my neighbor
James Clifton Craft
James Clifton Craft
Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

James Clifton Craft called authorities a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday and told dispatchers that he shot someone outside his front door.

The man he claimed to have shot, 27 year-old Matthew James Paulson, was declared dead at the scene.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office responded to the reported shooting, which took place in the 3500 block of Dove Lane in Kingman, and detained two men who were standing outside of a triplex, said MCSO spokeswoman Trish Carter.

One of the men was the 70-year-old Craft.

The other was a neighbor who witnessed the incident. Deputies learned that the victim, Paulson, was inside one of the triplex's residences, Carter said.

Detectives arrested Craft without incident and charged him with second-degree murder, she said.

According to investigators, Paulson was upset for unknown reasons and began yelling at Craft and calling him names while outside in their shared front yard.

The neighbor, whom detectives said is a friend of both Paulson and Craft, intervened and calmed the two down. But later, Paulson reportedly began yelling at Craft again, Carter said.

The neighbor told detectives that Paulson did not assault Craft, Carter said. Paulson reportedly had no weapons in his hands, either.

"The neighbor then heard one popping noise and saw Paulson grab his torso with his hand and (walk) back into his own residence," she said.

A .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun was confiscated, and the case is still under investigation, Carter said.

Autopsy results are pending.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Lori Hyphenated

"and it certainly won't protect you if you shoot someone that is unarmed."

Wrong as usual Lori. LOL The charges have now been dropped. Sort of wondered why you have not popped up at the more recent story. Too embarrassed?


Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

little by little here, we're approaching the number of comments traditionally reserved for stories about abused dogs or cats. Give it another week or so. (Lori, no more gun laws. This man isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's not a perfect world, so balance lives saved against lives lost with guns - and actually, there's no way to know how very many lives have been saved, considering what America's gangs and drug addicts would do to you in your home if they didn't have to worry about the presence of guns by people who know how to use them)

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Lori Gabriel-Dane

To Same Old Thing:

You wrote, "Don't understand all the hoopla. Craft was just exercising his 2nd Amendment rights."

Unbelievable! The Second Ammendment gives a person the Constitutional right to be armed. It does not give them the right to shoot and kill anyone they have a disagreement with. It's your way of thinking and your interpretation of the Second Ammendment that supports the idea that fthere has to be more gun control and regulations. You think you can interpret the Ammendment to justify shooting and killing someone? It doesn't work that way. it wasn't meant that way, and it certainly won't protect you if you shoot someone that is unarmed.

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: I shot my neighbor, but I didn't shoot no deputy.

Obviously none of us know the whole story here but the fact is, the old guy probably felt threatened. You've got somebody who you've had dealings with before screaming outside your home, I'm sure you'd be scared too.
Hopefully further investigation will sort this all out one way or the other. In the meantime, don't be so fast to rush to judgement.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: M B

@outa here, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Have you thought about moving to California, Chicago or even New York. I'm sure you will be safer there since they have gun bans. Good luck to you.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: J marie

Matt was a good person. He was extremely intelligent and the only person who I loved debating with. I've been an on and off friend for about 12 yrs. He wouldn't hurt a fly. That night something was wrong everyone could tell, he wasent himself. And police reports I don't believe the paper any more because I heard everything and there were 3 shots NOT 1! I HOPE JUSTICE IS SERVED. And to his family. I'm am sorry for your lose. He didn't deserve the end he got and he will be missed.he was a gd person.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Too sad

The 70-year-old couldn't fight with a 27-year-old. But he could have just closed his door.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: STUART VARON


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Lori Hyphenated

"who are more than willing to start a civil war, and shoot anyone who tries to take any one of their guns away from them. Guess we better be careful what we say to these folks!"

As it should be. You are perfectly safe Lori, unless you try to take one of my perfectly legal guns away from me. You and your your fellow obama worshippers don't have the right to take any of them.

I see you are carefully using phrases like "some of their guns" Remember the good old days when you grabbers used to screech for all of them?

What will it be next time?


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Glad my tax dollars pay the law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders and judges to sort this stuff out, since obviously mob justice is long in our less than stellar past, and my guess is they will sort it out, nothing will bring back this young mans life, dying for verbally abusing anyone is a bit stiff, but often we bring bad karma on ourselves same with the alleged perpetrator, instead of spending his last days in freedom he might be spending it in a prison with dozens more of younger men who might or might not respect his being a elderly gentlemen, cannot say I see any winners in this story but all loserrs one of his life and one likely of his freedom!

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“So the older decides to even the odds,…”

The odds are NEVER “even” when one guy has a gun and the other does not.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

@no way

Mr. Craft had no way of knowing what was going to happen.I'm sure many of the readers would have reacted in a likewise manner....especially if they were 70 years old...A lot of people don't realize how easy it is to seriously injure or kill an elderly person.
I, for one, wouldn't wait for some unstable person to possibly cripple me for life...."Better to be tried by 12, than be carried by 6."

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Outta Here

Welcome to Tom Sheahan's Kingman.
We've had it.
Our family will be leaving this place. No way will I want to raise a family in a town full of people encouraged to be armed like this.
Crazy stuff and it will only get worse.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

sounds like paulson needed to find a healty-er way to express his anger!

Question is why was he on the old mans front porch? What were his intentions? Was the old man in fear for his life? Exactly why would a 27 year old be screaming at a 70 year old? The jury will be charged to figure all this out and render a judgement.

Glad he only had a .22 with a single bullet in it! (sarcasm)

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Santa Fe Jay

Clearly, the old guy over reacted. I can understand if he was scared of the younger guy, but he should have called Law Enforcement and had some help that, the younger guy enters the old man residence, now he can be afraid for his safety and life so..... Bang! THIS IS WHY WE DO NOT NEED ADDITIONAL GUN CONTROL !!!

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Chad Paulson

A senseless murder happened in Kingman on Tuesday evening. My brother lost his son, my niece and nephew lost their brother, my parents lost their grandson, my son lost his cousin, and I lost my nephew. Matthew will be missed by his family and friends. A closed door could have made for a different outcome. Rest in peace Matthew.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: our own worst enemy Mr. C,

@ L.G.D. Yep, your right. My wallet would have more green stuff inside "if" on a few occasions I had put my hands in my pockets and just walked away, That was then this is now.

This man was 70 years old, arguing with a 27 yr. old kid right there is a mismatch. So the older decides to even the odds, which does not surprise me at all.

What took place, after they separated the first time, will tell me a lot. Ether way, one lies dead and one goes to jail, both lost this bout.

If no one thinks the wheels haven't come off the wagon had better take a second look around.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Overtime Available at Area Funeral Homes

This is what will happen time and time again in this county where more and more people have guns - Sheriff Sheahan seems to love this development. When guns are laying on the kitchen table, or hanging on one's hip, or easily accessible in the o' rifle cabinet, when patience and tempers flair it's way to easy to just pull that trigger.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: tony wise

This story don't need any more fuel. The less time we spend on someone when they kill someone the better. It happens all over the world everyday. it destroys families makes no sense. however it's easier to just shoot your neighbor no matter where they live.
Don't blame the gun,, blame the nut holding it.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Boom Boom

Now what is Sheriff Sheahan's political position on guns? This is county jurisdiction.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Carol Schritter

As a mother of four children, I couldn't begin to imagine a loss of a child especially in such a way as this happened. UNBELIEVABLE! Mathew's mother is such a kind sole, my prayers are with her. God bless you and your family.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: There has to be more to the story

Okay now whats the rest of the story? Really? I think that the part where drugs and alcohol were involved was left out. Isnt that how it always is in this town?

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Not Again

@ Lori Gabriel-Dane

What ever happened to settling an argument with a good-old-fashioned fist fight?

Lori you never cease to amaze me. The 70 year old probably gave up fist fights in his 50's! A 27 year old against a 70 year old, what kind of fight would that have been. Your right though, instead of reading about the young man's death, we could be reading about him being on the lamb or in jail for assaulting an "old" man or maybe even killing him "accidentally". Good thinking Robo Cop.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: np ..

OK, let's look at it this way - when the criminals & crazies here see that Obama has taken away your guns, how many people will be robbed and/or murdered at their homes?

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