Friday, October 09, 2015
AZ: Payson Shooting Likely Self Defense
Around 3 p.m., Annabel reportedly used his vehicle to cut Schmidt off in his vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot, 2000 N. Beeline Highway. Schmidt called 911 and was on the phone with dispatchers as an altercation ensued, Engler said. Annabel reportedly reached into Schmidt’s vehicle and Schmidt told Annabel he had a gun. Schmidt fired three times, striking Annabel in the upper torso.
#Paramedics took Annabel to Banner Payson Medical Center and he was then flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in critical condition. He underwent surgery, but remained in critical condition, Engler said. He passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
#Detectives reviewed the store’s surveillance video of the parking lot, the 911 recording and questioned Schmidt. In conjunction with the Gila County Attorney’s Office, they determined Schmidt likely shot in self-defense and he is not facing any charges at this time. The investigation is ongoing.