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Rimrock Man Attacks His Brothers Sending Both to Hospital

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23-year-old Derrick Lovaasen sent two of his brothers to hospital after attacking them with a shotgun and knives and a broken beer bottle

Sedona AZ (August 22, 2013) – On August 11, 2013, in the mid afternoon, 23-year-old Derrick Lovaasen committed Aggravated Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and a weapons offense. Derrick and his two brothers, ages 30 and 21, were in Beaver Creek on a Forest Service Road in proximity to the Beaver Creek Campground. All had been drinking and Derrick arrived with his two brothers already present.

Derrick Lovaasen began to argue with his older brother and a fight ensued. The younger brother, who had been away from the area for a moment, returned as the fight was underway. Derrick was in possession of a loaded shotgun and threatened its use towards his older brother as the argument continued. The older brother was able to get the shotgun away from Derrick and gave it to his younger brother who hid it near some bushes. Derrick then produced a razor knife and butterfly style knife which he used to stab and cut his older brother multiple times. The older brother received injury to his right wrist, lower back, right foot, along with his chest and shoulder area.

The initial fight then had a brief pause – until Derrick broke a nearly full 40 ounce beer bottle over his older brother’s head. As the bottle broke, Derrick still had the bottle’s neck in his hand and used it to cut his younger brother’s left shoulder who tried to intervene. The fight eventually broke up and Derrick left taking his shotgun.

Upon realizing how severe the injuries were, the brothers tried to leave to seek medical attention but discovered the right front tire on their truck cut making the truck useless. A party not involved in the confrontation was asked for help and took the injured men to the Lake Montezuma Fire Station for initial care.

The younger brother required hospitalization and was sent to the Verde Valley Medical Center where the oldest brother self-admitted himself for treatment. The younger brother received about 45 stitches while the eldest received about 200 stitches. Neither of the brothers could explain to deputies a motive for Derrick’s behavior, after initially denying that Derrick had attacked them.

Derrick Lovaasen was later arrested at his Rimrock, Arizona, home and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. He has since been released on a $2500 bond.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260.

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  1. Bonnie says:

    this man probably would have murdered his brothers if not for the intervention of one or the other and then fate and he gets $2500 bond?? there is something very wrong with the judges in the Yavapai system!!

  2. Sid says:

    If these men had been smoking pot instead of alcohol, they’d all be smoking peacefully, passing the pipe around. Another alcohol induced violent attack.

    Why was he not charged with being drunk in public also, which is illegal and contributed to the attack? Had marijuana been involved, you can bet that he would have been charged with it, as it is also illegal.

    A paltry $2500 bond got the attacker out of jail???? A bail that low with this severe of an attack (over 245 stitches) is outrageously low. Had he had an ounce of pot on him, he would still be in jail!

  3. Lou Dietrich says:

    Can’t say that I agree with you there Sid. I have two fine upstanding policeman in our family and pot smokers aren’t of interest to them unless they are interfering with the public and their own safety and others. Paper work requirements are the biggest enemy of police on the beat but they and we the people know it is necessary to protect their and our civil rights. Sid it’s clear you are a pot smoker or supportive of pot smokers but not everything in the court system is bad. Obey the law and don’t try and circumvent it for your own selfish ends and you’ll be fine.

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