Two Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies are on temporary paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting Wednesday night in which a suspect died in Black Canyon City.
Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the two deputies from the Special Crimes Unit went to the Rock Springs Chevron Station just off Interstate 17 at approximately 8 p.m. to meet with a Phoenix suspect who was going to sell them heroin.
As the deputies identified themselves and tried to arrest the suspect, he drove directly at them, D'Evelyn said. Both deputies fired at the driver who veered away and drove south from the Chevron Station on the frontage road. The deputies chased the suspect until his vehicle left the road and crashed into a fence approximately a quarter mile from the Chevron station.
When deputies realized they had shot the man, they called for medical help. The suspect died at the scene, D'Evelyn said, adding that neither deputy was hurt during the incident.
A DPS shooting incident team is conducting a criminal investigation of the events, D'Evelyn said. As per YCSO policy, the sheriff's office will complete an administrative review of the incident.
Officials are withholding the suspect's name pending notification of family members. They will release the names of the deputies later, D'Evelyn said.
The deputies will be on leave for at least three days and possibly more if they need it, D'Evelyn said. He said placing officers on administrative leave is routine procedure in any shooting.
Taking a life under any circumstance is a difficult thing, D'Evelyn said. "We offer counseling as necessary," he added.