PAYSON — Criminal charges were filed Monday against a man accused of sparking a shootout in a Payson neighborhood.
Travis Matthew Frkovich, 38, of Payson, is charged in 4th District Court with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; and two counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
On Jan. 23, Frkovich was walking along a residential street near 650 West and 500 South in Payson, when a 31-year-old man who had just left his house began backing up his truck to return home because he forgot his phone, according to charging documents.
Frkovich "thew his hands in the air as if he wanted to fight," the charges state. The truck driver rolled his window down at told Frkovich, "Dude, don't do that."
But as the driver continued to drive in reverse, Frkovich reached in his pocket for a knife, according to the charges. The driver stopped and told him, "Don't bring a knife to a gun fight."
Frkovich threw his hands in the air and told the man to shoot him before the two then went their separate ways, police say. Frkovich then went to a nearby friend's house and told them he was angry because someone had tried to run him over. He then left to "take care of it," the charges state.
About 20 to 30 minutes after the first confrontation, while the truck owner was sitting in his vehicle in the driveway with the front door open, police say Frkovich returned holding a gun.
"Frkovich made the statement, 'How do you like it when the tables are turned?'" the charging documents say.
The truck owner reached through the open door to grab the gun being pointed at him. As the two men fought over the weapon, Frkovich allegedly swung the gun and hit the man in the side of the head. The impact caused the gun to fire, according to the charges.
The man's 24-year-old wife came out of the house after hearing the shot. The man then grabbed a handgun he had inside his truck.Comment on this story
Investigators believe 15 to 20 shots were subsequently exchanged from just 10 to 15 feet apart. At one point, Frkovich fell to the ground on his back and continued "shooting while on his back on the ground from between his legs at (the man) and the residence," the charges state.
The truck owner sustained a minor injury to his head. His wife received a grazing bullet wound to her upper arm.
Frkovich was believed to be under the influence of both alcohol and meth, according to the charges.