A naked man was taken to a Las Vegas hospital after he was shot in the face while wandering around an Arizona residence Monday.
Mohave County Sheriff's deputies initially received a call from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway police regarding a naked man, later identified as 26-year-old Joshua Daniel Reza of Needles, California, jumping off one of their trains in Topock.
As deputies were en route, they were redirected to a call at a residence not too far away from the railroad tracks in reference to a naked man on a private property that had been shot. When police arrived, Reza was stumbling and covered in blood.
Deputies then visited the residence where a 72-year-old woman said that she was in the house when the power went out and she told her boyfriend as he was in the garage at the time. The woman told deputies that a naked man walked up to her residence while her boyfriend walked up the road to check their electrical box.
The woman told deputies she didn’t recognize the naked man and she started screaming for him to leave. She said that the naked man never spoke while he kept walking toward her. The woman added that he stopped and stared at her, ignoring her commands to get off the property.
The woman's boyfriend returned with a gun. The woman told deputies the naked man started walking toward them when her boyfriend fired a few shots into the air while she was screaming for the naked man to get back and leave.
Deputies contacted the victims’ boyfriend, an 86-year-old man, who confirmed his girlfriend’s statements and said he fired 2 to 3 warning shots into the air. The man told deputies the naked man continued walking toward them and he fired another round, striking Reza in the face.
The residents said that the man also broke the water pipes near their electrical box.
Nobody is in custody at this time pending the Mohave County Attorney’s Office review. The .22 caliber revolver was taken and placed in evidence pending the review.