Apache Junction man arrested in connection with May 27 shooting of neighbor

Charles Steen of Apache Junction was arrested May 27 and charged with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting earlier that day involving his neighbor.

Mr. Steen is believed to have shot his neighbor, Josiah Ridley, during an argument that began early Wednesday, May 27, Capt. Arnold Freeman of the Apache Junction Police Department said during a phone interview Wednesday morning.

According to the captain, police dispatch received a call at 5:45 a.m. about men arguing outside 625 S. Tomahawk Road, where Mr. Steen lives, and 575 S. Tomahawk Road, the residence from where Mr. Ridley was moving that day with his wife and child.

Mr. Ridley’s injury was not life-threatening.

The cause of the argument is still under investigation, Capt. Freeman said. What is known is that the argument developed into a physical altercation outside between the two residences during which Mr. Steen, who is in his early 70s, pulled a handgun and shot twice, Capt. Freeman said. One bullet struck Mr. Ridley, who was unarmed, in his back, Capt. Freeman said. He was transported to a medical facility and is expected to recover from his injury, Capt. Freeman said.

Charlie Martin, a friend of Mr. Steen’s who was present at the physical altercation, was charged and arrested with disorderly conduct, Capt. Freeman said in his e-mail. Mr. Martin had a baseball bat during the altercation, the police captain said during his phone interview.

Mr. Ridley’s wife may have participated in the argument but police do not believe she took part in the physical altercation, Capt. Freeman said.

Mr. Steen and Mr. Martin are being held at the Apache Junction Police Department, 1001 N. Idaho Road. They were expected to be transported Wednesday afternoon to the Pinal County Jail, 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in Florence, Capt. Freeman said in his e-mail.

Police are still investigating where the second bullet landed, Capt. Freeman said during his interview. He said he did not know yet what kind of handgun was used or to which medical facility Mr. Ridley was taken.

This morning’s call was the first police received about events at either address, Capt. Freeman said.

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