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 deputies from the Special Crimes Unit went to the Rock Springs Chevron Station just off Interstate 17 at around 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 it left the road and crashed into a fence about a quarter mile from the Chevron station.
When they discovered the man shot, they called for medical help. The suspect died at the scene, D'Evelyn said. Neither deputy was hurt during the incident.
A Department of Public Safety 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.