DOLAN SPRINGS - A rifle that deputies believe fired a bullet with no human around to pull the trigger left a woman in critical condition and her husband and another man in jail for allegedly stealing the weapon a few hours earlier.
The woman, 24, was flown to a Las Vegas hospital with a .22-caliber bullet wound to her stomach, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter.
A strange sequence of events led to the critical injury and the arrest of Justin Wayne Thomson, 28, the woman's husband, and 23-year-old Michael Blaine Turner, both of Kingman.
Deputies responded to a trespassing report at a residence in the 16800 block of Knoll Drive a few minutes after 7 a.m. While en route, a dispatcher told them the caller, 53, advised that two men broke his bedroom window and entered his home. The caller reportedly identified one of the men as Thompson and later said the other man had tattoos on his arms, chest and back. He said he locked himself in his garage and was armed with a pellet gun.
The dispatcher later advised the caller said the men left in a red station wagon after allegedly stealing a .22-caliber rifle, a laptop computer and $18 in cash.
A witness reportedly told deputies he saw two men enter the alleged victim's home and leave in a red station wagon.
About three hours later, deputies responded to an accidental shooting call just before 10 a.m. at a home in the 15100 block of Holly Drive.
Before deputies arrived, firefighters with the Lake Mohave Rancho Fire Department advised they were taking the shooting victim to the fire station in order to meet the helicopter that would take her to Sunrise Medical Center.
When deputies arrived, they saw two men and a woman standing between a truck and a red station wagon. Deputies knew Thompson from prior contact and took him into custody without incident.
The woman told deputies that she and her daughter were unloading groceries when she "heard a pop."
She realized her daughter had been shot and that the rifle somehow discharged.
"The female subject said that her daughter had been shot by a rifle that was in the backseat of the station wagon," said Carter in an email.
"Investigations thus far have determined no one else was in the car when the rifle discharged a bullet, striking the victim."
Deputies determined the rifle, which was broken in two parts, was the same weapon that was stolen in the burglary earlier Wednesday morning.
Turner was found inside a trailer on the property. He reportedly has tattoos on his arms, chest and back that match the alleged victim's description. He also has them above his eyebrows. The stolen laptop was allegedly in the trailer.
Turner was taken into custody without incident.
Both men face felony charges of burglary and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.
Turner was additionally arrested on a misdemeanor failure to pay fines warrant that was issued by Kingman Municipal Court. He was recently paroled from prison after serving a sentence for armed robbery, according to Carter.
According to court documents, Turner was 18 in 2009 when he robbed a man at gunpoint on Beale Street.