Pahrump woman arrested after fire kills several dogs


Pahrump woman arrested after fire kills several dogs

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 18, 2013

Pahrump, NV (KTNV) -- An allegedly suicidal woman in Pahrump has been arrested after several of her dogs died in a fire.

According to the Nye County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the residence of 57-year-old Diane Davis on July 12.

Deputies were told that Davis wanted to kill herself and had barricaded herself in her home on North Murphy Street in Pahrump.

Upon arrivals, deputies could see Davis inside of her home and observed that she had a gun in her hand.

They tried to convince Davis to come outside for several minutes but she refused. Deputies also heard a gunshot during negotiations.

Several minutes later, deputies noticed a fire in one of the back rooms of the residence and observed heavy smoke coming from the house.

Davis exited the home because of the fire through the front door. She still had the gun in her hand and refused to obey orders from the deputies.

She then tried to go back into the residence and the sheriff's deputies were forced to tase her and then put her in restraints.

Pahrump Fire & Rescue were able to put the fire out. However, it was discovered that several of her dogs died during the fire.

Davis was arrested and booked into the Nye County Detention Center.

She is being charged with first degree arson, discharging a firearm within a structure, resisting a public officer and 17 counts of torturing, overdriving or injuring an animal.

Her bail has been set at $35,000.


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