By Kelsey Givens
One man is in jail for attempted murder after he allegedly shot his daughter’s boyfriend twice outside of a residence on Camelot Court Wednesday evening.
Randall Phelps, 68, of Pahrump was taken into police custody after Nye County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a property at 6531 S. Camelot Ct., around 5 p.m. for a report of a person who had been shot.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Phelps called 911 to tell police he had just shot 35-year-old Benjamin Appleby after he said the man had been fighting with his daughter and had “threatened him.” He said he had fired a warning shot at Appleby first, then actually shot the man.
As dispatchers attempted to get more information from Phelps about the shooting, he reportedly kept hanging up on them.
When deputies arrived at the residence they reportedly discovered Appleby lying in the driveway, bleeding and non-responsive, suffering from two gunshot wounds, one to his right temple and the other to his abdomen.
Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Services were quickly called in to treat Appleby and he was subsequently flown from the area to the trauma center at University Medical Center for further treatment.
During an interview with Phelps’ daughter, Clytee Phelps, the woman told police she and her boyfriend had gotten into a domestic dispute earlier in the day over a phone call she received from another man. She said that Appleby had beaten her up and as she ran across the street she heard several gunshots go off. When she came back to see what had happened, she reportedly told police Randall was holding the gun and Appleby was laying on the ground bleeding.
The woman further told police she had been very upset with her father previously for not stopping Appleby from hurting her the last time they got into a fight, and that Randall had promised her he would “take care” of the next person who put his hands on her.
After deputies were finished interviewing the daughter, they began to question Randall, who allegedly told police the whole thing began when he had come home that day to see Appleby was in the residence and it appeared his daughter had been beaten up.
Randall told the officers that his daughter and Appleby regularly have domestic issues and said after speaking with the daughter he had left her residence to go back to his trailer.
While he was there, Randall said he heard what appeared to be arguing, so he grabbed his pistol and went up to the other trailer to see what was going on.
Randall said Appleby then began to threaten him, saying he was going to “beat him ’till he was dead.”
At that time Randall said he fired a warning shot at Appleby, and when the other man kept coming at him, he said he “raised the gun up and started shooting.”
When asked why he hadn’t called 911 first, Randall said he didn’t have time.
When officers finished interviewing him, a second ambulance was called to take Randall to the local hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in his altercation with Appleby.
As deputies searched the property, they noted inside one of the residences it appeared there had been an earlier struggle.
Outside on the driveway where Appleby was found, officers reportedly located four shell casings and an intact round spaced out over several feet. They also discovered several small blood drop stains leading to a larger pool of blood consistent with where Appleby had been laying prior to being taken to the hospital.
Randall was later arrested on charges of attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon with substantial bodily harm.
He was booked into the Nye County Detention Center where he remains in custody in lieu of $50,000.
Jim Williamson, a neighbor who lives near the residence where the shooting took place, said although he doesn’t know the Phelps personally, he has seen them around and heard them out and about on their property before.
Williamson said on Wednesday he heard four or five gunshots go off, but hadn’t heard any yelling or arguing around the time of the shooting.
“We were walking out in the yard and we heard what sounded like gunshots and we thought they were shooting into the bushes,” he said. “We have heard them shoot before out here, so we really didn’t pay much attention to it because we thought it was just fake gunshots, but apparently he had shot somebody.”
Appleby was still listed in critical condition at UMC as of Thursday afternoon.