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Man arrested after threatening family with gun

Robert Gustafson

Robert Gustafson

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Wednesday night in Rimrock on charges including aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer after he fired a weapon while leaving a home and deputies returned fire.

At 8:30 p.m., deputies answered a call about a man threatening family members during a fight in the 4400 block of Tagalong Trail.

Deputies arrived in minutes and were confronted by an armed man leaving the house and firing a weapon, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's office.

Deputies returned fire, eventually arrested the man - identified as Robert Gustafson, 54, who lives at the home - and recovered a firearm, D'Evelyn said.

Emergency medical services determined Gustafson had not been struck by rounds but took him to a nearby hospital, D'Evelyn said.

Emergency medical services treated a 74-year-old woman for an injury to her arm and a 77-year-old man, at the scene.

Initial information indicates that neither person was injured by the suspect's gunfire, D'Evelyn said.

"The suspect had some injuries possibly related to circumstances before the arrest and during the arrest, but nothing to prevent him from being booked in jail," D'Evelyn said.

Afterwards, a deputy booked Gustafson into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault per domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment, and aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer.

The Department of Public Safety Officer-Involved Shooting Team arrived to investigate and will review the circumstances related to this shooting, D'Evelyn said.

No deputies were injured.

Gustafson's bond is set at $500,000, D'Evelyn said.

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