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Yucca shooting suspect, victims ID’d by MCSO

Douglas Wayne Gleason

Douglas Wayne Gleason

KINGMAN – Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has released names of the victims and suspect involved in a homicide Sunday night.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Douglas Wayne Gleason, 59, of Yucca, for alleged second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felonies.

According to Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter, deputies responded to a domestic violence call at a residence in the 11700 block of South Sherry Road at approximately 6:50 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party, identified as 57-year-old Merri Gay Blackwell. Blackwell reported that Gleason, her husband, assaulted her and her 65-year-old brother identified as David Bruce Winebrenner. All three subjects lived at the residence.

Deputies checked the residence and property and learned that Gleason had left the home prior to their arrival. They then left but were called back at about 9:15 p.m. as Gleason had returned to the house.

Deputies found the house was dark upon arrival. They approached the residence and found Blackwell lying on the ground in the living room and Winebrenner sitting on the couch with blood on his head.

Deputies believed Gleason was in the home and set up a perimeter. As additional units arrived on scene, Blackwell was extracted from the residence and taken to medical personnel waiting nearby.

Attempts to contact Gleason continued and he eventually came out of the residence and was taken into custody at 9:56 p.m. Sheriff’s detectives responded and took over the investigation.

Winebrenner was deceased at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Blackwell suffered a gunshot wound and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas where she is listed in critical condition.

According to Carter, detectives found that both Gleason and Blackwell had both been drinking and that alcohol may have been a factor.

Gleason was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail. The case remains under investigation and autopsy results for Winebrenner are pending.

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