After Lying To Detectives, YCSO Detectives Arrest Wife For Shooting Her Husband

Megan Bessert

A woman has been taken into custody six months following accusations of shooting her spouse and attempting to conceal the crime in northern Arizona.

Following six months of investigation, detectives confronted Megan Bessert, who confessed to shooting her husband in his right shoulder during an argument over a cell phone at their residence in Dewey-Humboldt, a small mining community located 12 miles east of Prescott.

Upon the initial incident of the shooting, Bessert informed a 911 operator that an unidentified man had shot her spouse while they were walking along a nearby road near their home. Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene, but were unable to discover any proof in the story.

In addition, Bessert’s husband’s statement to investigators confirmed that he was shot by an unidentified individual.

Over the next few months, it was discovered by investigators that there had been multiple reports of domestic violence concerning the couple, and that they had subsequently ended their relationship.

Authorities revisited the husband for questioning. It was then revealed by the husband that his wife had shot him during a disagreement.

After obtaining the firearm believed to have been used to shoot and injure the man, detectives confronted Bessert, who ultimately confessed to her actions.

She detailed that she and the victim were in a physical fight over her cell phone and things escalated. She admitted to picking up a gun and shooting the victim.

Yavapai Sherriff David Rhodes expressed his appreciation to the hard working investigative team. He feels this arrest serves as a prime illustration of the determination and perseverance displayed by the Yavapai Sheriff deputies and detectives as they tirelessly pursue the truth and after six months of thorough investigation, the culprit has finally been brought to justice.

Bessert was arrested for two counts of Aggravated Assault and will be charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence.