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5:21 AM Fri, Oct. 19th

Ambush kills Meadview man, MCSO says

MEADVIEW - One man was shot to death Friday in Meadview after his neighbor allegedly drove his truck into their recreational vehicle and then shot the man when he opened the door.

Victor Steven Empie, 61, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 66-year-old John Hewett Payne and the attempted first-degree murder of Payne's wife, 58.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 4000 block of Gladiola Drive at about 5:30 a.m. and found Payne lying dead in his doorway. He had been shot in the abdomen.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said Payne and his wife were jarred awake after Empie allegedly drove his Ford pickup into their RV, which was knocked off its jacks.

"As Payne opened his front door, Empie was standing there with a firearm and shot Payne," said Carter. "Payne had an ongoing dispute with his neighbors."

Empie, said Carter, surrendered and "provided statements that led to his arrest."