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Aggravated Assault/Officer Involved Shooting P19-14324

At approximately 1214 PM Flagstaff Police Officers were called to a residence in the 2100 block of E. Maple regarding a Residential Trespass in progress. According to the witness, the male suspect was reportedly on a residential rooftop attempting to gain access into one of the residences in the area. While officers were responding to the area, the suspect reportedly fled on foot in a westward direction in possession of a handgun. Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect jumping a fence behind the El Tapatio Restaurant, 2004 E. Route 66.

At approximately 12:52 PM Flagstaff Police received information the suspect entered the El Tapatio Restaurant and then went into a storage container behind the restaurant. Officers arrived on scene and secured a perimeter around the metal container while other officers reviewed video inside the restaurant. Officers on scene confirmed the identity of the male suspect as Jose Ernesto Padilla, 18, of Flagstaff. Flagstaff Police were also attempting to locate Mr. Padilla regarding an Aggravated Assault investigation on September 14, 2019 (P19-13920). Officers on scene began negotiations with Mr. Padilla requesting he exit the container without success. The Flagstaff Police Department Negotiations Team as well as the Flagstaff Police Department SWAT Team were requested and arrived to assist with taking Mr. Padilla into custody.

After lengthy negotiations were unsuccessful, gas was deployed into the container. During this time, Mr. Padilla fired his handgun at the officers prompting them to respond by discharging their firearms. After Mr. Padilla was injured and no longer posed a danger to the officers the officers gave him commands and was then compliant as they took him into custody without further incident. A medic, who is a member of the SWAT Team provided emergency first aid until medical personnel arrived. Mr. Padilla was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. A Flagstaff Police Officer was also injured during the exchange of gunshots and was also transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Northern Arizona Multi-Agency Shoot Team is on scene and conducting the investigation as it relates to the Officer Involved Shooting. Flagstaff Police Department officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid Administrative Leave, per policy, pending the outcome of the investigation. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.

Flagstaff Police Department P19-11094 

FPD Media Release P19-00505

Decline Report - P19-00505

Attached is the decline report from the Coconino County Attorney's Office for the Officer Involved Shooting on February 3, 2019.  

Media Release - P19-04656

Flagstaff Police Department- MEDIA RELEASE

Contact: Sgt. Charles M. Hernandez II (928) 679-4108

UPDATE - Officer-Involved Shooting (P19-04656)

Flagstaff, Ariz.- (April 9, 2019) On April 8, 2019, Flagstaff Police Department Officer Nick Rubey was involved in a confrontation leading to an Officer-Involved Shooting in the 2100 block of E Route 66.

At approximately 4:07 PM, Flagstaff Police Officer Rubey, a 2 ½ year Officer, contacted an individual, identified as Matthew Dearing, 52, Flagstaff, who he knew to have a warrant for his arrest. Officer Rubey contacted Mr. Dearing, who was on a bicycle, advising Mr. Dearing that he had a warrant for his arrest. Officer Rubey confirmed the warrant was still valid and informed Mr. Dearing he was under arrest. A physical altercation ensued resulting in Officer Rubey deploying O.C spray (pepper spray) towards Mr. Dearing after he began fighting with Officer Rubey. Mr. Dearing then reached toward his waistline retrieving an item, believed to be a knife. Officer Rubey ordered Mr. Dearing to drop the knife, which Officer Rubey believed to be in Mr. Dearing’s right hand. Mr. Dearing told Officer Rubey he did not have a knife and simultaneously deployed pepper spray at Officer Rubey’s face causing his eyesight to be severely impaired. Officer Rubey discharged his duty weapon at Mr. Dearing once, striking him in the neck area.

Mr. Dearing was provided first aid on scene by Officer Rubey and Officer Devries, who had just arrived. Mr. Dearing was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for emergency medical treatment and is currently hospitalized and in police custody. Officer Rubey sustained minor eye injuries and received medical treatment on scene. The Northern Arizona Shoot Team led by Northern Arizona University investigators is conducting the investigation. Officer Rubey has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the investigation as per standard policies and procedures. Charges against Mr. Dearing are currently pending his release from the hospital.

The video associated with this incident will be uploaded and made available on the Flagstaff Police Department’s transparency page at www.fpdtransparency.com, along with response to resistance policies.

For additional information, please contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414.

Media Release - P19-04656

Officer-Involved Shooting (P19-04656)

Flagstaff, Ariz.- (April 8, 2019) a Flagstaff Police Department Officer was involved in a confrontation leading to an Officer-Involved Shooting in the 2100 block of E Route 66.

At approximately 4:07 PM, a Flagstaff Police Officer contacted an individual he knew to have a warrant for his arrest. The Officer contacted the subject who was on a bicycle, the subject was advised he had a warrant for his arrest. The officer confirmed the warrant was still valid and informed the suspect he was under arrest. An altercation ensued resulting in the officer deploying pepper spray towards the suspect after the suspect began fighting with the officer. The suspect then deployed pepper spray at the officer causing the officer’s eyesight to be severely impaired. The officer simultaneously discharged his duty weapon at the suspect once, striking the suspect in the neck area.

The suspect was provided first aid on scene by the arresting officer and his backup who had just arrived. The suspect was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center for emergency medical treatment. The officer sustained minor eye injuries and received medical treatment on scene. The Northern Arizona Shoot Team is on scene, with Northern Arizona University investigators taking the lead. This investigation is on-going, and updates will be provided as further information is available.

If you can, avoid the area while the investigation continues.

For additional information, please contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414.

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Media Release - Officer Involved Shooting

Media Release:

Officer-Involved Shooting

Flagstaff, Ariz.- (February 3, 2019) a Flagstaff Police Department Officer was involved in an armed confrontation leading to an Officer-Involved Shooting in the parking lot of The Guidance Center, 2187 N. Vickey Street.


At approximately 9:27 a.m., two Flagstaff police officers were leaving The Guidance Center on an unrelated call, when an individual confronted the officers brandishing a knife. An officer discharged his weapon, striking the subject. Officers on the scene then began providing lifesaving measures until medics arrived. The subject was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and later pronounced deceased. No other injuries were reported. The Northern Arizona Shoot Team is on the scene, with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office taking the lead. This investigation is on-going and updates will be provided as further information is available.


Update Media Release - Officer Involved Shooting

P19-01594

Contact: Sgt. Charles M. Hernandez II (928) 679-4108

Update - Officer-Involved Shooting

Flagstaff, Ariz.- (February 3, 2019) At approximately 9:27 a.m., two Flagstaff police officers were leaving The Guidance Center, 2187 N. Vickey Street, on an unrelated call, when an individual, identified as Russell Henry Harold, 47, Boise, Idaho, confronted the officers brandishing two knives. The confrontation escalated when Harold approached an officer having the knives raised toward the officer. As the officer backed away from Harold, he gave Harold commands to drop the knives. Harold charged the officer having a knife in each hand prompting the officer to discharge his weapon, striking Harold. Officers on scene then began providing lifesaving measures until medics arrived. Harold was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center with life threatening injuries, and later pronounced deceased. The officers involved in the incident were not injured.


The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Officer Tyler Romney, a 3 ½ year member of the Flagstaff Police Department.

The Northern Arizona Shoot Team is on scene, with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office taking the lead. This investigation is on-going and updates will be provided as further information is available.


Axon body camera recordings and still photographs have been made available on the Flagstaff Police Department’s Transparency Page. Additional information will be provided by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office as the investigation continues. www.fpdtransparency.com.

For additional information, please contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414.

Flagstaff Police Department

MEDIA RELEASE

Contact: Sgt. Cory C. Runge (928) 556-2300

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (May 17, 2018): The Flagstaff Police Department received a decline report from Coconino County Attorney’s Office in reference to the Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on February 9, 2018 at 700 block of West Coconino Avenue.


On February 9, 2018 at 8:52 PM a victim contacted the police department and informed them she had been confronted by a white male with a firearm at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave. Officers immediately responded and located a suspect matching the description the victim had provided. Police officers repeatedly demanded the man drop the firearm and not to wave it around or point it at anyone. After several minutes of the officers giving commands and the suspect failing to comply, the officers discharged their weapons and the suspect fell. After rendering medical-aid the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.


On May 4, 2018 the Coconino County Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against any of the officers involved in the incident clearing them of criminal wrongdoing. This decline report also outlines the circumstances in which police officers are legally justified in using deadly physical force according to state law.


Click here to review the Coconino County Decline Report

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (February 9, 2018) MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE:

The Flagstaff Police Department would like to announce that information related to the officer involved shooting that took place on Friday February 9, 2018, is now available on www.fpdtransparency.com.


Body camera footage, the original 911 call as well as the available patrol reports have been posted for your review. Redactions have been made to the video and audio recordings as well as the police reports in accordance with Arizona Public Records law based upon the confidentiality and privacy of the individuals involved in the incident.

Witness statements obtained by officers on Friday February 9, 2018, are contained in the reports located on the website. As of today there are no known witnesses, other than the police officers, who observed the subject and the position of the hand gun at the time shots were fired.


At the time of the shooting, the involved officers unfortunately did not have any other information other than what was provided to them over the police radio and documented in the event chronology that has also been posted on the transparency website for review.


This incident continues to be investigated by the Northern Arizona Shoot Team with investigators from the Northern Arizona University Police Department leading the investigation along with other team members. As more information becomes available it will be posted on the website for review.  

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (February 9, 2018) MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE:

The Flagstaff Police Department shot and killed a white male after the suspect pointed a firearm at a victim and officers at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave.


On February 9, 2018 at 8:52 PM a victim contacted the police department and informed them she had been confronted by a white male with a firearm at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave. Officers immediately responded and located a suspect matching the description the victim had provided. Police officers repeatedly demanded the man drop the firearm and not to wave it around or point it at anyone. After several minutes of the officers giving commands and the suspect failing to comply, Officers Daniel Beckwith and Travis Rowden discharged their weapons and the suspect fell. After rendering medical-aid the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene. The suspect was later identified as Mr. John Hamilton, 78 years of age of Flagstaff, AZ.


No officers or other bystanders were injured in this incident.  This incident was captured on audio and video recordings which may be released after evaluation of the recordings and redaction of any information which would violate any individual’s privacy rights or details that could damage the investigation or prosecution of the case.

Officers Beckwith and Rowden have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation which is standard protocol in these kinds of investigations.  This incident is actively being investigated by the Northern Arizona Officer Involved Shoot Team, more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Flagstaff Police Department- MEDIA RELEASE

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (February 9, 2018): The Flagstaff Police Department shot and killed a white male after the suspect pointed a firearm at a victim and officers at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave.

On February 9, 2018 at 8:52 PM a victim contacted the police department and informed them she had been confronted by a white male with a firearm at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave. Officers immediately responded and located a suspect matching the description the victim had provided. Police officers repeatedly demanded the man drop the firearm and not to wave it around or point it at anyone. After several minutes of the officers giving commands and the suspect failing to comply the officers discharged their weapons and the suspect fell. After rendering medical-aid the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.

No officers or other bystanders were injured in this incident.

This incident is actively being investigated by the Northern Arizona Officer Involved Shoot Team, more information will be provided as it becomes available.