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Willard pleads guilty to firing upon EMTs

Steven Willard

KINGMAN – A Kingman man admits firing upon public safety officials who responded to his medical emergency call at his home last fall. Steven Willard, 67, pleaded guilty Friday, May 17 to two counts of aggravated assault.

Terms of the plea deal dismiss two attempted murder counts and a prohibited weapon possession charge.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Phillip Delgado said two Northern Arizona Fire District firefighter/EMT’s responded to Willard’s call for help at his home at 3725 E. John L. Ave. on Oct. 22, 2023.

“When they entered to assist him he was seated with an AR-15 style rifle,” Delgado told the Court. The prosecutor said Willard was told they could not provide medical aid if he did not put down the weapon, directives he refused at least twice.

The prosecutor told Judge Doug Camacho said Willard pointed the weapon and fired at the victims as they backed away attempting to escape the residence. Delgado said multiple rounds struck around the door frame and that one bullet struck one of the victim’s medical bag.

Delgado said the victims made it outside safely and that Willard refused to surrender during the ensuing hour-long standoff during which additional shots were fired within the home, and the defendant told officers he wanted to commit suicide by cop.

Willard finally exited his home in surrender.

Judge Camacho has tremendous punishment discretion. Willard is eligible for probation, but could also be sent to prison for up to 17.5 years when sentenced June 28.

Defense attorney Randall Craig is expected to present mitigation at that hearing in an effort to minimize punishment.

Dave Hawkins

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