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Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting Incident

08 April 2019   Officer Dave Fuller

Prescott Area Man Identified as Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Incident

The Prescott Police Department has identified the suspect in the Officer Involved shooting which occurred on April 5, as 28 year old Prescott resident Tyler Sherman. Sherman remains under medical care in a Phoenix area hospital, in stable, but serious condition.

Based on witness statements and evidence collected at the scene, investigators determined that during the early morning hours on April 5th, there were five adults at the residence on Wagon Wheel.  Detectives learned that Sherman was invited to the house by 36 year old female who had been staying there with friends.  Sherman was involved in a physical confrontation with a 50 year old male who had also been staying at the home. Sherman produced a knife and stabbed that male victim several times on the arm.  That male and the 36 year old female left the home and went to the hospital for treatment.  

As Officers were responding to the hospital to investigate the original report of a stabbing, residents on Wagon Wheel called to report a woman yelling for help.  As officers arrived on scene, they located a second couple; a 35 year old male, and a 27 year old female, and a 66 year old male. The 25 year old male was bleeding from what was determined to be multiple stab wounds to the head, neck and arms. 

The three adults told officers that Sherman was inside the home a home on Wagon Wheel and that he had been the one to inflict the injuries to both male victims. 

Sherman was located at the home and refused to comply with officers. Sherman was making threatening statements and acting aggressively by throwing knives, hammers and other objects at the officers. He was ultimately shot by two officers.

During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to determine that both of the male victims were stabbed after they confronted Sherman about his behavior towards one of the women at the home.  The woman did speak with investigators and reported that during the evening, Sherman had sexually assaulted her and held her against her will by using a knife to subdue and threaten her.  

Both male victims were treated for their injuries and released from area hospitals, after receiving serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Sherman had recently been released from the Arizona Department of Corrections, and has an extensive criminal history. 

The investigation continues as new information may continue to be brought forth. Charges against Sherman are pending and additional charges will be determined in cooperation with the the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office. 

Friday, April 5: Press Release-Prescott Police Officers Shoot, Injure Suspect

On April 5, 2019 at approximately 6:50 A.M. Prescott Police Officers responded to the area of the Wagon Wheel mobile home park, in the 1000 block of Wagon Trail, off of Gail Gardner Way in Prescott.  Officers were responding to a report of a female subject yelling for help and banging on doors in the neighborhood.

Responding officers made contact with the female as well as two males. Both males were suffering from apparent stab wounds and relayed to officers that they had been assaulted by an unknown male subject who was still inside a nearby mobile home. 

Officers were able to locate the male suspect who repeatedly threatened the officers by throwing knives in their direction. Officers engaged the suspect, who failed to comply with their instructions. The male suspect was then shot by two Prescott Police Officers. 

The officer’s rendered immediate medical aid to the suspect who continued to be combative with them. The suspect was flown to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment. His identity is currently being held pending certain identification.

The three victims were transported to regional area hospitals for treatment of what is anticipated to be serious, but non-life threatening injuries that were inflicted by the suspect prior to police arrival. 

No police officers were injured during this incident.

The area of Gail Gardner Way and Wagon Trail will be closed for an undetermined duration as an investigation is conducted. Please be mindful of slowed traffic in the area and potential congestion.

The Prescott Police Department will work in cooperation with the Department of Public Safety and the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office to complete an investigation. As additional details are discovered and as is appropriate, updates will be made available. 

Please direct questions to Deputy Chief Amy Bonney at, or (928)777-1902.

There is no further information available at this time.

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