At approximately 3:44 pm, ACSO dispatch received a report of shots fired at the LDS Stake Center in Eagar, Arizona. A female caller reported that a suspect fired at her from the cab of his red pickup truck as he drove by. Officers from Eagar PD, Springerville PD, Apache County Sheriff’s Office, AZ DPS, AZ Game and Fish and US Forest Service Law Enforcement responded to the scene.
After initial officers arrived, the suspect fired at officers, striking an officer from the Eagar Police Department. Other responding officers pursued the suspect as he sped away from the scene. The suspect drove to his house and ran inside. Officers began establishing a perimeter and attempting to evacuate nearby residences.
The suspect then began firing from inside his house at law enforcement personnel. A deputy from the Apache County Sheriff’s Office was pinned down behind a vehicle across from the suspect’s house. The suspect ran out of his house towards the pinned down deputy, officers from the Eagar Police Department and the Apache County Sheriff’s Office fired at the suspect, striking him and knocking him to the ground. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the White Mountain Regional Medical Center in Springerville, AZ, where died from his wounds.
The Eagar Police Officer that was struck in the initial shooting is reported to be in good condition, he was treated and released from White Mountain Regional Medical Center. A woman was also struck in the shoulder by the suspect’s gunfire in the initial shooting. She was transported to Summit Regional Medical Center in ShowLow , AZ. No information is available at this time on her condition. The case is still under investigation.
The Eagar Police Department and the Apache County Sheriff’s Office have requested the Arizona Department of Public Safety to take charge of the investigation.
5/21/15 – Well it’s that time of year again! Folks are camping, hiking, riding and enjoying the beauty of Northeast Arizona. We are pleased to have our residents and visitors alike taking advantage of the great weather to explore nature. Sadly there are still some individuals that have not followed recommended practices for campfire safety!! There have been dozens of campfires found abandoned or unattended this season. Many have gotten out of the fire rings in which they were built and could have been the cause of another disastrous wildfire!
With above average precipitation and below normal temperatures we realize it may seem safe to allow a fire to extinguish on its own. However, with dead fuels and little to no winter snow pack this is an incorrect assumption. We strongly urge everyone to maintain vigilance every time they start a fire no matter what type of conditions or restrictions we have! No fire is ever allowed to be left burning or unattended at anytime, ever. Please remember to bring and use plenty of sand and water to thoroughly and completely extinguish all fires before leaving campsites. A simple rule of campfire safety “If it’s too hot to put your hands in, it is too hot to leave!”
5/15/15 – The National Weather Service forecast for northeastern Arizona today has a possibility of rain and snow shower activity. Weather activity will increase from west to east today and will become widespread by afternoon. Thunderstorms are also possible mainly in the afternoon and early evening hours. Snow levels will range from around 6500 feet from Flagstaff eastward to around 8000 feet near the New Mexico border.
Accumulating snowfall and locally dangerous road conditions are possible especially during the nighttime hours. A Snow Advisory has been issued for the western Mogollon Rim above 6500 feet through Friday evening.
Expect decreasing shower activity Saturday with warming and drying conditions Sunday. A chance for showers and a slight cooling trend then arrives Monday and Tuesday.