Armed Heber Man Arrested After Being Shot By Navajo County Homeowner

Stephen Washburn [Navajo County Sheriff's Office]

A Heber man is in custody after being shot by a Navajo County homeowner.

According to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Stephen Washburn in connection with a shooting that occurred in the Heber/Overgaard area on November 22, 2021.

At approximately 3:36 pm, Deputies were dispatched to Family Dollar in Overgaard for a report of an individual attempting to get into vehicles that did not belong to the subject. When employees from Family Dollar confronted the 31-year-old Washburn, he said he had been shot and needed help. The employees said they would call emergency services and Washburn fled.

Washburn then went into a business nearby and threatened the owner with a knife and asked for help because he had been shot. The owner was able to leave the building and Washburn left the area in a vehicle.

Navajo County deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description and Washburn  was arrested for a valid and confirmed warrant. He was cleared by a medical facility for his wound and booked into Navajo County Jail.

Criminal Investigators contacted the homeowner where the shooting occurred. The homeowner said Washburn walked into the residence through the front door around 2:00 pm, he was holding two knives at the time and threatened the homeowner. The homeowner told Washburn to leave the residence, when Washburn advanced towards the homeowner, he shot him in the leg.

On November 23, 2021, Investigators executed a search warrant on the residence where the shooting occurred. Items of evidence were located and collected. This investigation is still ongoing.

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