A 26-year-old Chino Valley man is dead after being shot Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. by a Chino Valley police officer who feared the man would shoot him first after an attempted traffic stop.
Members of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Unit are investigating the shooting, along with detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
The department has placed the officer, Brian Eckenboy, an 8-year law enforcement veteran, on routine paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
Police report that Eckenboy said he was in imminent fear for his life and shot Eddlemon multiple times. The incident began when Eddlemon failed to stop his car for the officer who saw him driving erratically on Yellow Brick Road in Chino Valley.
Police report that Eddlemon did not stop his car until he crashed through a fence in the 1900 block of Yellow Brick Road, which disabled the vehicle. Police report that Eckenboy made contact and gave verbal commands to Eddlemon, which Eddlemon refused to comply with. Reports say Eddlemon claimed to be armed, chose to make hostile and aggressive actions all while rapidly advancing toward the officer who was retreating.
Eddlemon died at the scene.