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City prosecutor confirms getting request to review accusations against Sen. Shooter
City of Yuma prosecutor Jay Cairns confirmed that he has received a report from Yuma police asking his office to review accusations against state Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, for any possible charges.
Shooter allegedly barged into his teenage grandson's classroom on March 22 and confronted the teacher, allegedly putting his finger in her face.
Yuma police reported Thursday evening that they had finished the department's investigation into the incident and were requesting the report be forwarded to the city prosecutor's office for review.
In the report, Yuma police recommended that four misdemeanor charges be filed against Shooter: assault, interference or disruption of an educational institution, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
Cairns said he received the report early Friday afternoon and expects to complete his review within the next 30 days, at which time he will determine whether any charges will be filed. He could also decline prosecution based upon the information in the report, send it back for more investigation or file charges different than the ones being recommended.
According to a Yuma police report, Shooter went to the Yuma Private Industry Council's EOC Charter High School, 3810 W. 16th St., at about 9:30 a.m. March 22 and insisted to a front desk employee that he be allowed to talk to his grandson's teacher.
The school employee told Shooter that the teacher was teaching at the moment and he would have to make an appointment, the police report states.
At that time, the phone rang and while the school employee was distracted, Shooter reportedly walked past the front desk, down the hallway and into the teacher's classroom.
Once in the classroom, he reportedly confronted the teacher, allegedly putting his finger in her face. Witnesses described Shooter as being “visibly angry.” The teacher reportedly started video recording with her phone and asked him to leave the class.
School officials then walked into the classroom and interrupted Shooter, telling him he had to leave. A student also stood up and asked him to leave.
Shooter allegedly left the classroom and followed one of the school officials to her office, where she reportedly calmed him down.
The senator indicated he was not happy with the instruction his grandson was receiving, the report says. “He stated to me that the way she was teaching was not appropriate and his grandson deserved better,” according to a witness statement.
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