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SVPD arrests man for shooting at a church

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 13:21:46-05

Sierra Vista police arrested a 45-year-old man after he allegedly shot at a church on Monday night, according to a news release. 

Hereford resident James Allen Hamblin faces multiple charges including one count of endangerment, two counts of discharging a firearm at a structure, one count of unlawful discharge of a firearm, one count of aggravated criminal damage, one count of recklessly discharging a deadly weapon, and one count of possessing a deadly weapon while a prohibited possessor.

Police say just before 6 p.m. they received reports of gunshots in the area of Lezner Avenue and Fry Boulevard. 

Witnesses had told police that a man wearing a white shirt and camouflage pants was carrying a gun and heading to the Motel 6 located on Fry Blvd. 

They had also told police that he had been seen shooting a gun down the side streets off of Lezner Avenue. 

Officers from SVPD then made contact with Hamblin, as he matched the description provided by witnesses. 

Police also located a Glock 42 .380-caliber handgun at the scene. 

SVPD says further investigation showed a bullet hole in the wall of the Sierra Lutheran Church, along with several spent shell casings, located on North Lezner Avenue.

Police say the church and the daycare center next door were both occupied at the time of the shooting, no one was injured. 

He was arrested without incident and is being held in the Cochise County Jail.