Police: 4 firearms recovered after weekend incident in Glennwilde

2006

Police released details about an early morning incident at a Glennwilde home, where a man reportedly pinned a woman down and fired a gun at her vehicle.

At 2:33 a.m. May 6, officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a home on the 42000 block of West Cheyenne Drive. The reporting party told police her friend was in a fight with her boyfriend.

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According to a probable-cause statement, police arrived at the residence and heard a woman crying. Officers saw “extensive damage” to the home’s garage door, a firearm on the porch and the front door slightly open.

When police entered the home, they reported seeing a man, George T. Sopi, straddling a woman who was facedown with her arms pinned to the ground. Police did not identify the woman. Sopi, 33, reportedly resisted officers when they arrested him.

Inside the home, officers reported seeing the front doorframe pulled from the wall and large holes in all interior doors. Several blood droplets were seen both inside and outside the home. Outside the residence, officers reported finding several bullet holes in the home and one shell casing.

Officers spoke with the woman and reported she said she had returned to the home after buying Sopi alcohol. Before entering the home, the woman heard Sopi upset inside, so she waited until he was asleep before going inside the home. Police reported Sopi then continued causing damage to the home.

According to a probable-cause statement, the woman went into a room, where Sopi reportedly began damaging the door. She went to another room where Sopi followed.

The victim provided MPD with video footage of Sopi walking out of the home and firing a handgun toward her vehicle.

MPD spokesperson Monica Williams said four firearms, including a shotgun, were recovered in the investigation. “At this time, it appears the shotgun and a firearm were fired prior to officers arriving,” she said.

Sopi was booked into Pinal County jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct (domestic violence), assault (domestic violence), criminal damage (domestic violence), endangerment (domestic violence), false imprisonment (domestic violence) and resisting arrest.