. With the help of information received from the public after seeking assistance this week, the Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a local man on charges that include three counts of attempted homicide for a drive-by shooting that occurred on Friday, May 15.
SVPD Special Operations Bureau detectives arrested 18-year-old Sierra Vista resident Joseph Ahrens on Thursday, May 21, for a drive-by shooting that occurred at the intersection of 7th Street and Busby Drive on Friday, May 15, at about 9 p.m. Bullets fired in the shooting penetrated two trailers located in the Sierra Grande Mobile Home Park. One bullet nearly struck a small child playing in a bedroom.
SVPD shared images from video camera footage showing two vehicles involved in the drive-by shooting on Tuesday and requested assistance in identifying the individuals involved.
“We appreciate the public’s assistance in getting the word out and providing information that led to this arrest,” says SVPD Cpl. Joshua Nicola, the detective on the case.
Ahrens was booked into the Cochise County Jail for 10 counts of drive-by shooting, five counts of discharging a firearm at a structure, 10 counts of discharging a firearm into the city limits, one count of misconduct involving a weapon, one count of possessing marijuana for sale, one count of criminal damage, one count of tampering with evidence, three counts of attempted homicide, nine counts of endangerment and two counts of disorderly conduct. He is being held without bond.