Man faces attempted murder charges after stabbing at Cochise Stronghold Campground

Man faces attempted murder charges after stabbing at Cochise Stronghold Campground
Shaver was airlifted to a Tucson hospital after being stabilized by Sunsites Fire medical personnel. (Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office Facebook page)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An investigation is underway after a stabbing at Cochise Stronghold Campground.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Jan. 5 around 3:00 a.m. two campers called 911 after a man began banging on their door asking for help.

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The callers, Thomas and Barb Lewis of California noticed the man was covered in blood.

According to the Facebook post, Cochise deputies along with an Arizona Dept. of Public Safety Trooper determined the victim was 18-year-old John Shaver. Officials believe Shaver was stabbed repeatedly by 38-year-old co-worker Bryan Benally while staying in the campground.

Shaver was airlifted to a Tucson hospital after being stabilized by Sunsites fire medical personnel.

The suspect was later located around 7:00 a.m. in a remote area of the mountain.

Benally was booked into the Cochise County Jail on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault.

The incident is still under investigation by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

In the Facebook post, deputies issued a thank you to Thomas and Barb for taking care of Shaver and getting him the help he needed.

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