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Former Officer Bonar provided statements to Detective O'Hagan with the NAU Police Department as a part of the criminal investigation those can be found in the NAU Police Department Report which is also available on this website.


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Portions of the administrative report have been redacted based upon privacy and confidentiality concerns to protect personal identifying information. Former Officer Bonar's statements have also been redacted based upon the United States Supreme Court case of Garrity v. New Jersey. This case does not allow an officer's statements, which are compelled in an administrative investigation, to be used against him or her in a criminal matter. As there has not yet been a determination as to whether any criminal charges will be filed against former Officer Bonar these statements cannot be released to ensure they are in no way used to determine if criminal charges are appropriate.  Former Officer Bonar provided statements to Detective O'Hagan with the NAU Police Department as a part of the criminal investigation those can be found in the NAU Police Department Report which is also available on this website.

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Flagstaff Police Department Reports

An ongoing series of informational entries

P16-17228

November 17, 2016

Offense: Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest

ARS: 13-1204A8A, 13-2508A1

Gang Related: No

Victim Rights Served: No

Felony or Misdemeanor: Felony

Connecting Report: P16-15616

Status: 22

Attachments:

None

Evidence:

None

Synopsis:

On 11/16/2016 at approximately 1104 hours, Marissa Morris was arrested for aggravated assault and resisting arrest at Blizzard Way.

Narrative:

I was working fully uniformed patrol on Charlie squad day shift as C42 on the east side of town. This investigation was recorded on an audio / video recording device. For additional details please refer to the audio / video recording.

I was dispatched to E Blizzard Way, to assist Deputy Winchester (CCSO) with evicting the residents per a court order. When I arrived on scene, I activated my body camera and assisted Deputy Winchester as he spoke to the residents. Deputy Winchester advised he would no longer need my assistance so I deactivated my body camera and started to leave the scene.

Before I entered my patrol car, I observed a female subject, who I recognized to be Marissa Morris, walking in between the residence of E Blizzard Way and E Blizzard Way. I had assisted Officer Walch in searching for Marissa who was involved in a suspicious incident on 10-18-2016. Upon searching for Marissa, we observed she had two active warrants per ILEASD but were unable to locate her. See the connecting report P16-15616 for more information. I walked up to Marissa and stated `Hey I need to talk to you.` Marissa replied `No you don`t` and continued walking towards the residence at E Blizzard Way. I then stated `Hey you have warrants you need to stop.` Marissa said `No I don`t` and then started running in between a truck in the driveway and a staircase. I grabbed Marissa to prevent her escape and told her to stop and that she was under arrest. Marissa started actively resisting by

concealing her hands and flailing her body around attempting to escape. Marissa and I were pinned in between the truck and the staircase, which was only about three feet wide, and we were facing each other face to face. I commanded Marissa to put her hands behind her back and to stop resisting. Marissa`s hands were in front of her in close proximity to her waistline and my duty belt. I was unaware if Marissa had any weapons on her person, and I was concerned she would have access to weapons on my belt. I called for backup over the radio and Deputy Winchester came over and assisted me in trying to put Marissa`s hands behind her back. Marissa appeared to be intoxicated on a stimulant drug and exerted an impressive amount of strength for a women her size. Marissa continued struggling and stuck me with her knee on my groin and legs several times. I grabbed Marissa`s neck applying little to no pressure and pushed her away from myself creating space. Marissa continued wrestling her hands away from us so I struck her in the face with a closed right fist several times as distraction blows, with very minimal force. There were two male subjects standing directly above me on the staircase who were yelling and appeared agitated that I was apprehending Marissa. One of the male subjects threatened to step in and defend Marissa and I could hear him moving towards me. I was very exposed and trapped in a position of disadvantage, and could not keep eyes on the male subjects while I was struggling with Marissa. At this point I decided I needed to detain Marissa quickly to be able to address the male subjects if they decided to fight. Keeping a hold of Marissa with my left hand I drew my taser, activated it, and then pointed it at Marissa. I ordered Marissa to get on the ground several times and warned if is she continued resisting she would get tased. Marissa continued to be noncompliant by flailing, concealing her hands, and kicking. At this point Deputy Winchester had Marissa`s left hand behind her back while I still had a hold of her right arm. I holstered my taser and we were able to place Marissa in double locked handcuffs with her hands behind her back. I informed dispatch Marissa was detained and to slow down my backup`s code 3 response. I then realized I had not activated my camera due to the incident occurring so quickly, I then activated my camera again. Marissa then made herself a dead weight and refused to stand. A second deputy and Officer Walch arrived on scene and assisted us with lifting her off the ground. As we were walking towards my patrol car Marissa kicked in a backwards direction attempting to strike us. Marissa continued physically resisting by kicking and flailing as we were searching her. We then got Marissa into the back of my patrol car but were unable to apply her seatbelt due to her being combative. Marissa yelled she did not have a warrant and was already arrested for them. I then was able to run Marissa`s information through dispatch and they advised she did not have any warrants. I later observed in ILEADS Marissa was arrested for her warrants after my involvement in the incident P16-15616. Officer Walch advised he would wait on scene for Sgt Bentzen to arrive so I could transport Marissa to the jail before she caused further incident. I then transported Marissa to the Coconino County Detention Facility. Detention Officers assisted Marissa out of the vehicle but she continued to resist and attempted to kick the officers. Marissa was then booked into jail. Officer Walch later advised the male subjects were not identified and did not remain on scene. It should be noted that one of the male subjects, a Hispanic male wearing a white t-shirt, black, pants, and a black hat and with tattoos on his face and neck, was filming the incident on his cell phone. After the confrontation I started to have respiratory problems and was struggling breathing. I had been previously sick and the scuffle appeared to have aggravated my breathing but I had no other injuries. I later went to the Flagstaff Medical Center and was evaluated. This case will be closed and cleared by adult arrest and will be forwarded to detectives for review.

Officer: Bonar

Badge#: 30

Supervisor: Sergeant