Man to Mohave County deputies: 'Shoot me'

They do, but not with a firearm

Timothy John Craig

Timothy John Craig

KINGMAN - A Kingman man was jailed on felony charges after he allegedly fired a gun inside his home Monday evening.

The incident prompted Mohave County Sheriff's deputies to evacuate neighbors near the home on Devlin Avenue.

The incident ended peacefully, but not before the man reportedly told deputies he was armed and to shoot him, according to the sheriff's office.

Timothy John Craig, 59, was reportedly drinking vodka in a home he shares with his wife, 45, in the 2800 block of Devlin Avenue when deputies were called to a disturbance at the residence just before 10:45 p.m.

The woman was walking away from the home when deputies arrived. She reportedly told them Craig was intoxicated and that he "shot a bullet in the house," according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Deputies surrounded the home and used a public address system to order Craig out of the home, without the weapon.

Craig was found a few minutes later hiding behind the residence, wedged between a shed and the house.

Deputies drew their weapons because a trashcan was hiding Craig's left hand. Another team of deputies evacuated neighbors who could be in the line of fire.

At one point, Craig allegedly shouted, "I have a gun and I am coming out. Shoot me," said Carter.

Deputies obliged, but they shot him with a Taser. Craig fell forward, but reportedly continued to refuse deputies' commands. He allegedly attempted to pull away and he was shot with a Taser a second time.

Deputies found the hole caused by the bullet Craig allegedly fired inside the home and confiscated the weapon. Information on the type and make of the gun was not divulged.

Craig was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released for injuries sustained in the scuffle.

He was taken into custody on felony charges of aggravated assault by domestic violence, disorderly conduct with a weapon and prohibited possessor of a firearm.

Carter said Craig has multiple felony convictions and therefore is not allowed to possess firearms.