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Deceased Suspect Shot by YCSO Officer Identified

30 December 2014  
The suspect in yesterday’s shooting is identified as Daniel Gray, 51, a resident at the incident location on Oxbow Drive.

When the uniformed deputies arrived at the front door of Gray’s home yesterday, Gray was armed with a handgun. Deputies tried to convince Gray to surrender the handgun. Gray refused and when he threatened the deputies with the firearm, one of the deputies fired in self-defense striking the suspect. The suspect’s handgun was recovered.

It has been determined Gray did not fire any rounds. Family members told detectives Gray had been extremely despondent over relationship issues and mentioned committing suicide in recent days.

The DPS Officer Involved Shooting Team, will be handling the investigation and any further details will only be available once their inquiry is complete.

December 28, 2014 - PRELIMINARY INFORMATION– This information is from initial reports by personnel on the scene which provide an overview of the incident based on what was known at the time.

The incident - A YCSO deputy was involved in a shooting just after 5:30 PM today with an armed suspect at a residence in the 1200 block of Oxbow Drive – Prescott Country Club, Dewey, Arizona. Deputies had been called to the location regarding reports of an armed suicidal male inside the home. When deputies approached the front door of the residence, the 51-year-man pointed a handgun at the deputies. One of the deputies fired his duty weapon and struck the armed suspect. It is unknown at this time if the suspect fired any rounds.

The injured suspect was transported to a local hospital where he eventually died. The deputy was not hurt.

The initial call to YCSO came from a neighbor who had just been in phone contact with one of the suspect’s family members. This family member, who does not live in the area, was on the phone with the suspect as he expressed threats of suicide while apparently in possession of a firearm.

YCSO has requested the Department of Public Safety, Officer Involved Shooting Team, to investigate the incident and they are expected on scene later this evening.

Per YCSO policy, the deputy involved in the shooting will not be identified for at least 48 hours. Identification of the suspect is pending next of kin.

Updates will be issued when they become available.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov