On Friday, Jan. 4, at 5:31 p.m., deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 21800 block of North Shooting Star Road, SaddleBrooke, in reference to a harassment call made by one neighbor against another neighbor.
While driving to the scene, police learned the caller said the neighbor had threatened to kill him. There have been ongoing civil disputes between these two in the past.
When the first deputy arrived on scene, he went to the suspect’s home, which was in the 22100 block of North Shooting Star Road. As the deputy was walking up the driveway he began to yell “Sheriff’s office.”
The deputy heard a female voice say something to him at which point he yelled out “Sheriff’s office”” again. The deputy then saw two muzzle flashes and heard two gunshots fired in his direction. The deputy yelled over the radio “shots fired” that he was “taking fire.” A second deputy had also arrived on scene and was speaking to the reporting party when he heard the gunshots coming from the other residence involved.
Both deputies retreated to their vehicles, obtained their AR-15 rifles and went then went to residence where the shots came from. Pamela Williams, 64, ran down the driveway toward the deputies. She was secured in handcuffs.
Deputies cleared the residence not knowing at that point that Williams was in fact the shooter.
Inside of the master bedroom deputies observed a pistol grip, pump action shotgun on the bed. They could also smell the odor of marijuana and later observed it inside of the bedroom. Outside of the residence, they observed a .22 caliber pistol on top of a shed in front of the residence. The pistol was the one used to fire at the deputy by Williams. The weapon had a misfire after the second shot was fired and the casing was wedged in the ejection port.
Williams was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Assault involving a Police Officer.
Once the residence was secured, deputies spoke with Bruce Fay, 53, who was the original reporting party. It was discovered while speaking with Fay he had an outstanding “assault/domestic violence warrant” for his arrest out of the Oracle Justice Court. As deputies attempted to take him into custody for the warrant, he attempted to run away and then when caught he resisted arrest. Eventually, he was taken into custody. Search incident to arrest a baggie of marijuana was found in his shirt pocket. Fay was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for the warrant. Charges will be submitted against him for Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Deputies are our first responders to emergencies when citizens call 9-1-1 for help. We are thankful our deputy was able to go home that night and he was not hit by one of the bullets fired by Pamela Williams. We also appreciate the fact, Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and his Chief Deputy responded to the scene to assist with the investigation and also followed this case through her initial court appearance to make sure Williams was held on a No Bond Status.”