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Sen. Shooter faces three misdemeanors for school incident

Yuma Republican Sen. Don Shooter (File Photo)

Arizona Sen. Don Shooter was charged with three misdemeanors for barging into a Yuma charter school classroom and confronting a teacher.

Yuma City Prosecutor Jay Cairns announced Friday morning that Shooter has been charged with one count each of criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and disruption of an educational institution.

Cairns declined to charge the Yuma Republican with misdemeanor assault, as was recommended by Yuma police. Shooter also avoided an additional five counts of disorderly conduct that police investigators had suggested.

“My office reviewed the matter in its entirety and made the decision that the charges filed met with probable cause,” Cairns told the Arizona Capitol Times.

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled, Cairns said.

Shooter burst into a classroom at the EOC Charter School the morning of March 22 in a “visibly angry manner” and demanded to speak with a teacher, who told police Shooter “was an arm’s length from me pointing and shaking his finger at me,” the police report said.

Shooter claimed his medically disabled grandson was repeatedly humiliated and bullied by his teacher.

The outburst scared the teacher, Danielle Munoz, and students in her classroom, the report said.

“She was afraid for her safety and the safety of her students,” according to an officer’s account of the incident in the police report.

Recent reports indicated that Shooter’s attorney was working to settle the case with the Yuma prosecutor’s office, but Cairns declined to comment on the report.

Shooter referred all questions to his attorney, Edward Novak, who was not immediately available for comment.

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