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Man Angered at Job Loss Shoots at Construction Workers
Posted: 6/20/2013 12:00 AM
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call at a construction site in the Magma Ranch area that resulted in the arrest of a man angered about the minority workforce in the area.

Several Pinal County Sheriff deputies responded to a shots fired call on Monday at 11:50 a.m. in the area of Marigold Lane and Primrose in the Magma Ranch housing development. One deputy located a male matching the suspect’s description in his vehicle. The suspect, Danny Davis, 53-years-old, of Florence, pointed the rifle out the passenger side window and fired a single round in the direction of the deputy’s patrol car.

Nearby deputies heard the shot and responded to the area and performed a high risk stop and detained Davis. Davis showed obvious signs of alcohol impairment as he was taken into custody. He told the deputies on scene he was angry about the minorities working in the area. Deputies learned that Davis went into the framed house and confronted construction workers and then fired a shot at the men.

Davis’ shots did not strike the construction workers or the deputy and his patrol car. Investigators are continuing their investigation into the incident and are determining if the crimes were racially motivated. Davis has been booked into the Pinal County Detention Center on one count of Attempted First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “Hate crimes notoriously go unreported for a variety of reasons including the fact victims maybe fearful of reporting the crime to law enforcement. Danny Davis attempted to murder individuals because of their race. Thanks to the victims reporting the crime and the investigation completed by deputies, once convicted of these felony offenses, the judge will impose a harsher sentence due to the aggravating factor of this case being classified as a hate crime.”
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