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The Daily Courier, Prescott, AZ, 6/13/99

Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Ranch hand Javier Garcia had reportedly been "acting weird" after returning from a week-long vacation from his job at the K4 Ranch near Prescott, Arizona. Ranch owner Linda Kieckhefer and her father, Chuck Sheppard, would soon find out just how far askew Garcia's mind had gone. As the pair made their way from the main house to the barn one Friday evening, Garcia burst out of his quarters brandishing a large knife. In the ensuing attack, Kieckhefer and Sheppard both suffered serious cuts; but when the blade broke, Garcia retreated to re-arm himself. John Kieckhefer, Linda's husband, then attempted to prevent a second attack with a 20-ga. shotgun, but missed and also was stabbed. Finally, another ranch hand's wife passed Sheppard a .357 Mag. handgun, which he fired at Garcia. Two bullets found their mark and gave Sheppard time to retreat into the ranch house. Garcia continued his rampage still attempting to get at his victims before finally collapsing in death. "You tell them, by God, I shot that S.O.B., and I'd do it again," said the 82-year-old Sheppard after defending his daughter's life and ending the vicious attack.
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