Sheriff's Office: Deputy fatally shoots man who fired shots

Posted 1/16/21

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy fatally shot an armed man hiding in a shed after he fired several times toward a Prescott Valley home and toward law enforcement …

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Sheriff's Office: Deputy fatally shoots man who fired shots

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy fatally shot an armed man hiding in a shed after he fired several times toward a Prescott Valley home and toward law enforcement personnel, the Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

The 65-year-old man reportedly was “depressed over ongoing family issues" and that attempts to negotiate with him to desescalate the situation were unsuccessful, the office said in a statement.

The man's identity was not released.

According to the statement, deputies responded Friday night after the man fired several shots toward the home and learned he was hiding in a shed on the property while still armed with a pistol.

The man refused to cooperate, threatened to kill deputies and commit ‘suicide by cop'' before he fired several additional shots toward deputies, the statement said.

A deputy later shot the man when he opened fire again, the statement said.

“This was an extremely difficult situation, and our thoughts are with the suspect’s family. I want to praise the efforts our deputies, SWAT, and crisis negotiators made during this incident and I’m grateful no one else was injured,” Sheriff David Rhodes said.

The state Department of Public Safety on Saturday began to investigate the incident, the statement said.

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