PRESCOTT VALLEY - Two Prescott Valley Police officers shot and killed a 33-year-old man Saturday after he repeatedly stabbed himself and then charged them brandishing a 6-inch blade after they told him to drop the weapon, police say.
Doctors pronounced Jason Curtis Brady dead at 1:10 a.m. Sunday at Yavapai Regional Medical Center East.
PVPD Cmdr. Laura Molinaro said Brady was bleeding profusely before the officers shot him.
"He had numerous stab wounds in and about his neck and shoulders that the officers were aware of," Molinaro said. "As far as what was under his clothes, we don't know."
She said an autopsy, which the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office scheduled for Monday, should show the number of self-inflicted and gunshot wounds.
Meanwhile, two Prescott Valley Special Response Team officers are on paid administrative leave as a part of the department's standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, Molinaro said, adding that their names will be available later in the week.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the shooting.
Molinaro said officers treat a knife as a deadly weapon.
"As long as they make a threatening movement toward an officer or another individual with a deadly weapon ... we will take action to stop that threat," she said. "That wording is very specific to what we do when we use lethal force."
At 10:34 p.m., Prescott Valley officers went to a home in the 3100 block of Corrine Drive to check on a man who had been stabbing himself.
On their arrival, Brady's wife told them her husband was stabbing himself and that she suffered a laceration to her hand when she tried to take the knife from him, a PVPD press release says.
Officers took the woman to safety and evacuated five other homes in the neighborhood. They let residents return the next day.
The police tried to talk Brady into coming out of the house unarmed so he could get medical treatment for the stab wounds, but he refused, police say.
Brady told officers that he would "die tonight" and "to leave him or shoot him," police say.
Officers used a Taser on Brady as he ran toward a bathroom and barricaded himself inside. Officers then called the Special Response Team but all of its efforts to end the standoff peacefully failed, police say.
Finally, Brady came out of the bathroom brandishing the knife and threatening the officers. When he refused to drop the knife, the officers shot him, police say.
She said the DPS special investigations unit searched the residence after the shooting.
"We don't believe that there were any illegal substances located," Molinaro said. "We don't know if there were any prescription meds. We won't know until the toxicology (results) come back on him (Brady)."
This incident was the third barricaded/hostage standoff Prescott Valley police handled in one week. A May 7 hostage situation led to the arrest of four people while a May 10 incident landed one man in jail. All of them face multiple felony charges. No one suffered serious injuries in these two incidents.
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