Arsonist Sets Houses On Fire, Starts Shooting At Cops, Officer Hit

A Quartzsite police officer was shot after being lured into an ambush.

Quartzsite, AZ – A Quartzsite police officer was shot when a gunman opened fire on law enforcement officers responding to a double arson.

The incident began at 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, when the Quartzsite Police Department was notified that two residences had been set on fire on North Washington Street, KTVK reported.

A victim from one of the homes told police that the fires were set intentionally, and knew who the suspect was. The victim also provided a description of the arsonist’s vehicle, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Kameron Lee said.

At approximately 12:39 a.m. Wednesday morning, Quartzsite police and two DPS troopers spotted the unnamed suspect near a Burger King restaurant.

The gunman opened fire, hitting Quartzsite Officer Keynan Weltha in the leg, the Desert Messenger reported on their Facebook page.

One trooper fired back, while the other dragged the injured officer to safety, and used a tourniquet to stop his bleeding, the Desert Messenger reported.

Officer Weltha was quickly rushed to the Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The gunman fled on foot to a nearby area where he “previously set up a strategic advantage of cover, utilizing a block wall and his vehicle for protection,” the DPS said, according to KNXV.

The suspect had also stockpiled “multiple weapons” in the hideout, to include rifles, ammunition, and a handgun, Trooper Lee told KTVK.

The troopers attempted to negotiate with the gunman, but were unsuccessful. The suspect was ultimately shot, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to ParkerLive.com, officers from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police, the Parker Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies also assisted in the search.

Officer Weltha was expected to survive his injuries, ParkerLive.com reported.

The DPS investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no other details were immediately available KTVK reported.

Comments (10)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

You know what? I'll wait.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Good work guys! Get well soon officer Weltha!

gfc1963
gfc1963

One less pos on the planet. Glad the cop is okay.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbshit it's too bad you're not holding your breath as you wait.

John-Brown
John-Brown

@b1rd, what is he waiting for? His sentence made no sense.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
I just won a bet that no matter what i post, trolling or no, your little brother b1rd would respond. He had to do it on 5 different articles within one day, and he did not let me down.

John-Brown
John-Brown

What a fucking liar you are, Highest_Retard. Your sentence was not bait. It just showed your inability to structure a coherent sentence.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass that was an easy bet. I just point out your stupidity which is about everything you say. I can't help it you are that stupid.
Here is a public bet. The next thing you post will be equally stupid.
As for "trolling or not" you are always trolling.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Don't curse so much. It has become entirely unbelievable that any extra colorful language from you has any impact, you spineless bitch.

Oh, and the next bet involves you! Please don't disappoint.

b1rd
b1rd

That bet was too easy to win. You tell someone not to curse and give a reason for not cursing then you curse at them. What a dumbass. It is really hard to believe there is someone as stupid as you. But again and again you pay off.