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Domestic Disputes Involving Police

Couple Arrested For Marital Dispute

Sometimes being in a relationship is hard however, dating is the happiest time of your relationship. If you’re having some major issues just while dating, maybe it’s time to go your separate ways because things only get ten thousand times harder from here on out.

Police have a tough job. Not only do they have to deal with major things like human trafficking and bank robberies, they also have to deal with people’s personal lives and domestic dispute calls. However, sometimes those what should be private arguments at home turn into some pretty scary confrontations.

According to reports,  a woman and her fiance were bother arrested on a Sunday after a domestic violence incident that ended up with a standoff with a police. How the heck does things get that out of control?

Police Answer Domestic Violence Call

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said that just before four o’clock that evening, thirty-nine year old, Monique McMahon had call 911 to say that she and her fiance, Daren Dahlgren had gotten into a fist fight. She had ran to a neighbor’s house to call the police for help. Which is good that the neighbors were there to let her use their phone.

The deputies got to the scene at the San Tan Valley home and tried to make contact with fifty-one year old, Daren. However, when he greeted the officers he had a gun pointed to the ground which automatically escalated the already tense situation. When the deputies asked the man to come outside he shook his head and closed the door.

The woman told the authorities that she had locked herself inside of the bathroom as she and her fiance were fighting because she wanted to leave the home. However he had kicked the bathroom door in and pushed her into the bathtub. He then started to hit her. Luckily she was eventually able to escape his assaults and was able to make it to the neighbors house safely.

Daren eventually came out of the house and was arrested for charges of domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct, preventing and individual from calling 911 during an emergency, criminal damage and threatening and intimidating.  Sounds like he’ll have to behave himself for quite some time if he wants to see freedom anytime soon.

As the deputies continued their investigation they found out that the female victim maybe wasn’t quite so innocent. She apparently had show the neighbors a baggie that had appeared to contain methamphetamine and asked if she could flush it down their toilet. For whatever reason, she ended up putting the baggie into a diaper bag which was later seized by the authorities and the baggie tested positive for meth. McMahon was later booked and put into the Pinal County Jail on charges of possession of a dangerous drug as well as possession of paraphernalia.

Probably not her smartest move to get methed out and fight her with man and take the drugs with her. Might want to consider a new lifestyle when she gets out of jail.



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In domestic violence cases, the district attorney and the judge will be especially interested in what you’re willing to do to improve relationships, conflict resolution skills, and anger management. Your demonstration toward positive change will often make the difference in the outcome of your case. We work closely with people charged with domestic assault or battery to obtain a dismissal, diversion to community treatment or deferred entry of judgment prior to eventually achieving a dismissal.

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  • Violence or assault between spouses, unmarried parents, or cohabiting adults
  • Elder Abuse
  • Child Abuse, Cruelty to a Child, or Child Endangerment
  • Restraining Order Violations
  • Criminal Threats
  • Harassment or Stalking


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Two Different Types of Shooting Cases

Shooting Case Causes Police To Question Teenagers Involved

As if a shooting isn’t bad enough, it’s absolutely tragic when multiple children or teens are involved. This case is a little different than the usual shooting stories that hit the news though.

Police believe that multiple teenagers had to of been in the same room as a shooting that took place. The shooting that left a sixteen year old boy dead on Wednesday night. Let’s just hope that this isn’t some kind of bullying thing. Let’s hope that if there was multiple people that know what happened that they come forward and tell the police what they know. The family of this boy needs justice and peace of knowing what really happened when they sadly last their son.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard from the Phoenix Police Department, was unable to identify the victim on Thursday. However, the police are hoping to identify or narrow down the teens that were in that room when this happened.

The Police believe that these teenagers just ran away after the shooting. Which how sad is that? Did those other teens also fear for their lives? Was this just a prank that went wrong? Why would these kids be scared if they didn’t have something majorly involved in this? Maybe they’re just scared of what will happen?

Police Search for Teenage Shooting Victim’s Murderer

No one has been arrested for this shooting at this time. However, the police are investigating and will continue to do so. They are trying to figure out what caused such a tragic event? The shooting happened at a home near 23rd Street and Cactus Road. Even though authorities tried to save the young man, he was still taken to the hospital, where he sadly died.

If anyone has any information about the shooting or the victim, please contact the Phoenix Police at 602-262-6241 or even the Silent Witness program at 480-Witness.


Police Arrest Suspect for Allegedly Shooting Two Men in Glendale

Usually Thursday’s are quiet days. Everyone is wore out from a long week of work, you’re just ready for a relaxing weekend and a good nights sleep or a night out on the town, whatever floats your boat.

Every family has issues with who someone is dating. Most the time it’s the girls that choose horrible boyfriends, don’t get me wrong there are some nice guys out there that choose the absolutely craziest women. When you’re young and you date out of your comfort zone, you never think of them doing something to actually harm someone. However, you real never know these days.

According to the local police, they now have in custody a man that they suspect shot two men outside of a Glendale home on Thursday. The incident happened around three o’clock in the afternoon. According to the Glendale Police, the suspect was twenty-eight year old, Efrain Hartley. He was arrested not long after the shooting happened.

Police Arrest Shooting Suspect

The Glendale police say that twenty-four year old, Shaquille Johnson was outside of a home with his twenty year old brother near 91st and Glendale Avenues. As they were standing outside, Hartley came up to them and started shooting them.

Both of the young men were taken to the local hospital. Police say that Shaquille Johnson later died from his injuries from the shooting. His younger brother is still in critical condition.

According to some witnesses, the victims and the suspect knew each other. Apparently they had a “verbal altercation” that happened just before the shooting.

Apparently Mr. Hartley was dating one of the victims’ sister. Hartley is booked on charges that relate to homicide of Shaquille Johnson and the shooting of a second victim.




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