Traffic stop leads to shots fired, driver killing self
During a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy and the male driver of the vehicle exchanged gunshots before the driver fled in his car. A short time later, the deputy found him about one mile away dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.
The man was not struck by any of the deputy's rounds, D'Evelyn said on Thursday. He added that the deputy found a handgun next to the man.
The incident began at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the top of Mingus Mountain on Forest Road 104. Officers from the Department of Public Safety Shooting Safety Team contained the scene and will investigate the incident, D'Evelyn said.
The Sheriff's Office is withholding the man's name, pending notification of family members.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave.
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