Willcox barricade gunman charged with attempted murder

Photo Source: Cochise County Sheriff Office: 34 year old Christopher Lee Davis was arrested and booked into the Cochise County Sheriff's Office Jail on multiple assault charges and attempted murder.

By Brooke Curley

WILLCOX- After firing a weapon and barricading himself in a residence Thursday, the suspect, Christopher Lee Davis, 34, has been arrested and charged with a slew of assault charges, including attempted murder.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s press release that was issued at roughly 9:00 am, the barricade-gunman was arrested and booked on multiple charges including aggravated assault, reckless handling of a firearm, engagement, aggravated assault on a police officer, use of a weapon in the commission of a felony, and attempted murder.  Davis is being held without bond, and the case is still under investigation by the Willcox Police Department.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office released a statement at roughly 12:00 pm Thursday, saying that Davis who had barricaded himself inside a home was now in custody. According to the press release, Davis had been in the area of Manny Gonzales Park within the city limits of Willcox.

Davis had apparently barricaded himself within his home when police responders arrived, and was armed. The police had been called when Davis had been shooting a weapon in the area.  The Willcox Police Department responded, and requested the aid of the Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) upon assessing the situation.

At roughly 12:00 pm Thursday, the Willcox Police Department declared that they had Davis in custody without further incident. The Willcox Police is still investigating the case.

In Arizona, assault on a police officer is a grave offense, and depending on the level of the assault, the resulting charges may be labeled a class 6 felony to a class 2 felony. The sentencing of assault on a police officer usually results in 1.5 years to two years in prison. If the assault results in bodily harm on a police officer the sentencing can range anywhere from 3.5 years in prison to 12.5 years in prison, depending on the severity.

There are several different degrees of attempted murder charges. For some attempted murder charges, perpetrators may spend up to 10 years in prison, with a variation of a possible lifetime in prison sentencing. Previous skirmishes with the law may also influence a sentencing.