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Neighbor allegedly fires into home after couple refuses to leave

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CORNVILLE, Ariz. -

Deputies say a man told his neighbors he bought their home and they needed to leave before shooting at them through their windows on Saturday.

According to Yavapai County sheriff's office, 54-year-old Clifford Katz told his neighbor that he bought his home in the 2800 block of Tissaw Road and him and his wife needed to leave within 30 minutes.

The 60-year-old husband was home alone at the time.

Katz left, but returned a few minutes later allegedly saying the couple needed to leave or he "could have them killed."

Deputies say Katz then barged inside and pushed the husband when he told him to leave.

The husband called his 59-year-old wife and asked her to call 911.

Katz allegedly went into the man's garage, sat inside his truck and refused to leave.

When the wife arrived home and opened the garage door, deputies say she saw Katz confronting her husband.

Deputies say Katz left after he heard the police were coming, but told them he was going to get his gun and kill them.  

Both victims barricaded themselves inside their home while updating 911 dispatchers.

Katz then allegedly returned from his home with a rifle and began firing several rounds into the home towards the back door.

By this time, a YCSO deputy arrived to the front of the home.

Deputies say Katz fired into the home again, apparently targeting areas he thought the couple might be hiding.

Katz had set down the rifle and the deputy was able to command him to walk away from it and take him into custody.

No one was injured during the incident.

Detectives found over four pounds of marijuana and a 12 gauge shotgun in Katz's home.  

Deputies say their detectives are investigating whether Katz has any medical issues or drug use that might have factored into his behavior.

Katz was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder and Discharging a Firearm into a Structure.

He remains in custody on a $45,000 bond.

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