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Man sought in weekend drive-by shooting turns himself in
A man Yuma police were searching for after a drive-by shooting that happened early Sunday morning turned himself in to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon and is being held on $500,000 bond.
According to YCSO Spokesman Capt. Eben Bratcher, Tyre Hendrix turned himself in at 12:11 p.m. and was later arrested by detectives with the Yuma Police Department, who also questioned him about the drive-by shooting.
Hendrix then made his initial appearance in Yuma Justice Court at 3 p.m. before Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart, where he was informed that he would return to court on Wednesday to learn if prosecutors file a criminal complaint against him, charging him with any offenses.
He was arrested on three counts of attempted second degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count each of discharging a firearm at a residential structure, criminal damage and aggravated assault.
Yuma police say that at about 3:18 a.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of 5th Street and 10th Avenue. During the investigation into the drive-by, police identified Hendrix as the shooter, who fired three to five shots.
Prosecutor William Katz of the Yuma County Attorney's Office told the court that Hendrix had allegedly become involved in a dispute at the residence and was asked to leave, which he did, only to return a short time later.
Katz said when Hendrix allegedly returned to the party, he pulled up to the curb in his car, displayed a handgun and began firing shots at three people who were standing outside the residence. He also said there are witnesses who can identify Hendrix as having been at the party earlier and as being the shooter.
According to Yuma police, immediately following the shooting, a deputy from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, who happened to be driving through the neighborhood at the time, chased Hendrix's sedan for about a mile, to the 2400 block of the West Main Canal, where Hendrix got out of his car and fled on foot. The car ended up in the canal.
No one was injured in the shooting.
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