The Yuma man arrested Monday night after allegedly being involved in a shooting in which no injuries or property damage was reported, has not been charged with any crimes — at least for now.
When Victor Medina appeared before Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart for his arraignment in Yuma Justice Court on Thursday, he was informed that the Yuma County Attorney's Office had not filed a criminal complaint against him.
Stewart explained to Medina that prosecutors have sent the case back to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office for further investigation before determining whether to file any charges.
Stewart also told Medina that he was being released from custody and that charges could still be filed later. He added if charges are filed, he would issued a summons to appear back in court rather than being rearrested.
“Understand that if a summons is provided to you, make sure that you appear,” Stewart said. “Know that if you fail to appear and answer to those charges, it is certain that a judge would issue a warrant for your arrest.”
According to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, at about 11:50 p.m. Monday, deputies were sent to the 11000 block of South Avenue 9E after receiving a report of shots fired.
Once on scene, deputies conducted a search of the area and discovered three spent casings. They also spoke to a witness who provided a description of the vehicle reportedly used in connection with the shooting.
Deputies later found a vehicle occupied by one driver and one passenger matching the description given by the witness and performed a high risk stop, securing both occupants.
The driver, whose identity was not released to the public, reportedly told the deputies there were two weapons inside the vehicle.
After an initial investigation, deputies arrested the passenger, who was later identified as Medina, for allegedly possessing a firearm even though he is a prohibited possessor. He was later booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center.
The driver was released pending further investigation.
YCSO has shared information about the shooting with the Yuma Police Department to determine if the incident is related to any other of the various unsolved recent shootings in the area.
YCSO encourages anyone with any information to contact them at 783-4427, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.