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PROCESS SERVER SHOT.


Prescott police arrested a man Saturday on charges including attempted second-degree murder after a process server who posted papers at the man's home told police the man shot him in the back as he walked back to his vehicle. An officer booked Larry Stewart, 57, of Prescott into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault and three counts of firing a weapon in city limits. The process server was serving Stewart with a civil summons and complaint. On prior attempts Stewart would not come out of the house. When the server walked up to the house, Stewart would close the drapes and would not answer the door. Service was attempted four times prior with the same result. Since Stewart had previously refused to open the door, the court had granted an alternate means of service; to post the papers on the front gate and then mail them to Stewart. The server told police that he attempted service and then taped the paperwork to the locked front gate and was walking back to his vehicle when Stewart stepped out of his home and shot him with a handgun. The server made it back to his vehicle and called 911. The victim was shot once in the lower right side of his abdomen and was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, of Prescott Police Department spokesman. "After we responded to the scene, officers called Stewart, and he came out of his residence within 10 minutes and was arrested," Reinhardt said. "Stewart refused to talk to officers after his arrest." Reinhardt said SWAT was not called out for the incident. A police detective came by the Process Service Office Monday morning to get a copy of the paperwork that had been taped to the gate because it was found ripped up at the scene.

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