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2/16/2013 2:15:00 PM
In Cottonwood
Marijuana & guns = two men shot
Cottonwood police serve a search warrant on a home on Main Street in Old Town Friday as part of an investigation that began at 3:30 a.m. when two men were shot at a residence on South 18th Street in Cottonwood. VVN/Jon Pelletier
Cottonwood police serve a search warrant on a home on Main Street in Old Town Friday as part of an investigation that began at 3:30 a.m. when two men were shot at a residence on South 18th Street in Cottonwood. VVN/Jon Pelletier

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- Two men are hospitalized at the Verde Valley Medical Center, believed to have shot one another over what is believed to be a medical marijuana dispute.

At this point, their condition is not clear, though one, Melquedes Cordova Jr., was not incapacitated.

Cordova is the occupant of a house at 46 S.18th Street in Cottonwood.

The second man has been identified as Kyle Ritter, whose wounds were more severe. It is believed Ritter was an assailant in the "home invasion" and police are in the process determining how his gunshot wounds were inflicted. Ritter was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition.

Police received a call from a neighbor in the area saying there had been shots fired at the South 18th Street address and his neighbor was saying he had been shot

The gunfire was reported about 3:30 a.m. Friday. It took another 12 hours for search warrants to be issued for both the 18th Street house and a second home on Main Street in Old Town, where Ritter is said to have lived.

South 18th Street was blocked off by investigators all day Friday, including officers from Cottonwood PD, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Cottonwood's Incident Command Vehicle was brought in as a work station for the investigation.

Details on the alleged medical marijuana connection are not clear at this time. Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning said if either man had the proper state permit, he may have been legally growing medical marijuana as a "caretaker" to supply up to a maximum of five card-carrying medical marijuana permittees, since there is not formal dispensary within 25 miles. An individual is allowed to cultivate 12 plants with a card.

Officers also had a search warrant for another house in Old Town Cottonwood near on Main and 4th Street, reportedly the residence of Ritter, the second man involved in the incident.

Fanning says there may be other people and locations involved in the case, but at this time the department only knows of the two men in the hospital.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Lockhart

Weed and guns?? It could have just as easily been weed and knives or even baseball bats.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous

Joe Turner Jr.: The Firefighters buy their food with their own money while on shift. If they were buying caviar and lobster it wouldn't be any of your business. However, most firefighters can barely afford steak because they have been experiencing pay freezes over the last several years. Also, Firefighters don't wear SWAT gear. Check your facts before you spout off.

Even if the firefighters are reading Recoil magazine I'm sure they would gladly put it down and race to your house to save your happy a$$ in the middle of the night, in a snowstorm, if necessary. But let's all hope that's unnecessary. It would be unfortunate to see a kind, understanding, level-headed citizen like you suffer in any way.
(P.S. No I'm not a firefighter or a cop so don't even try.)

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Turner Jr.

When weapons are fired law enforcement is to respond with over whelming force to protect the community. OK, I get that. Starting in 2007 many of us have seen the appraised value of our homes on a steady descent while local taxation climbs to pay for school (state ranking near bottom nationally), fire and police services. There has got to be a better way to run a community and a state. Now boys peel off the Swat gear and see you at Safeway buying steaks for the firehouse. Don't forget your copies of Recoil magazine, we wouldn't want you fellows reading something remotely approaching the intellectual.

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Article comment by: Pinto Beans

It's just hard to believe that a dispute over drugs would lead to violence. LOL!!!

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Article comment by: wondering why

Why was this man prosecuted by the County Attorney? What the heck is wrong with that office?

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