Buckeye man accused of fatally running over friend in Topock

TOPOCK, Ariz. (AP) — A Buckeye man has been accused of fatally running over a friend with his vehicle in Topock, Mohave County Sheriff's officials said Thursday.

They said 50-year-old James Richard Edwards remains jailed on suspicion of felony second-degree murder.

Sheriff’s deputies were called out to Topock around 8 p.m. Wednesday about a pedestrian getting struck by a vehicle.

They said 48-year-old John Michael Bondello of Topock was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said their investigation revealed the two friends had gotten into an argument and Bondello armed himself with a shotgun in an attempt to get Edwards to leave his property.

Edwards got into his vehicle and allegedly accelerated back onto the property, striking Bondello.

Sheriff’s officials said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

It was unclear Thursday if Edwards has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf about the case.