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Officer Involved Shooting in Prescott Valley
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14 May 2020   Traces Gordon, PVPD Support Services Supervisor

The officer, fearing for his life, fired up on the suspect.

DATE: May 13, 2020

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at approximately 6:32 PM, Prescott Valley Police were notified of a vehicle which had failed to yield to a Prescott officer just moments prior on Highway 69 in Prescott.  As the vehicle, a Chevrolet truck, entered Prescott Valley at Stoneridge, the driver once again failed to stop for police.  The vehicle’s driver continued to drive erratically throughout Prescott Valley at speeds reaching 120 miles per hour.  Officers began stopping traffic at intersections to prevent accidents from occurring as the driver continued to drive into oncoming traffic.  

As the driver drove northbound on Lake Valley, he made a U-turn and attempted to ram a Prescott Valley police officer’s vehicle.  The officer, who feared for his life, fired upon the suspect.  The suspect then drove towards Glassford Hill Road and Highway 69 where he struck another vehicle and caused minor injuries to the sole occupant of the vehicle. The suspect continued driving into Prescott where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot in Frontier Village Shopping Center located at 1841 E. State Route 69 in Prescott.  A Prescott Valley Police K-9 was deployed and located and subdued the suspect.  The suspect was placed into custody and transported to YRMC West campus for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit arrived on scene to conduct the investigation.

No officers were injured in the incident.  

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Correction to the above media release:

Per Lt. Brambila of Prescott Police Department:

The Prescott Sergeant never initiated a traffic stop. The suspect was traveling the opposite direction at a high rate of speed.  When the Sergeant turned his police car around the vehicle was too far gone for him to attempt to catch up. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.