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Armed Man Killed in Shooting

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Area Commands MapSedona AZ (September 26, 2015)PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – At approximately 10:15 on the night of September 25, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with assistance from the Department of Public Safety troopers, were dispatched to the 9200 block of South Steven Trail, Wilhoit, Arizona after receiving reports of gunshots fired from a residence. Callers identified the specific location, along with the name of the individual they believed was firing the shots during a party.

YCSO deputies were already in the area assisting YCSO detectives on an unrelated matter and indicated hearing the gunshots. YCSO had several prior visits to the residence for disorderly conduct/noise issues, including a recent weapons misconduct investigation.

CCSO YCSO Neighborhood WatchTroopers and deputies (referred to as officers in the remaining narrative) arrived just before 11:00 p.m. and saw numerous persons gathered in the backyard of the residence. While positioned outside of a fence surrounding the property, officers attempted verbal contact and encountered a male subject. As officers watched, the subject grabbed a firearm from a nearby vehicle parked in the yard and ignored commands to drop the weapon. Instead, he began firing the weapon in a threatening manner in the presence of those officers. In defense of their safety and those around them, officers from both agencies returned fire striking the subject.

The injured man, 45-years-old, was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott where he later died. No officers were injured. Several persons were detained at the location.

The DPS Special Investigations Unit will be investigating the incident and has been on scene throughout the morning. Further details are pending the DPS review of the circumstances.

Identity of the subject is pending next of kin. The names of YCSO deputies will be not be released for at least 48 hours per policy.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with questions or information at its website www.ycsoaz.gov.

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