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Man killed in police shooting fired gun, was suicidal, YCSO spokesman says

A Sheriff's Office vehicle blocks the road near the scene of a Deputy involved shooting on Marlow Road in Williamson Valley Wednesday evening.

Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

A Sheriff's Office vehicle blocks the road near the scene of a Deputy involved shooting on Marlow Road in Williamson Valley Wednesday evening.

PRESCOTT - A Williamson Valley man shot and killed by deputies Wednesday evening, Sept. 2, was firing a gun at houses and a car and was suicidal, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

Arthur Edward Bates, 45, was reportedly standing outside his home, firing shots toward neighboring houses around 4:15 p.m., D'Evelyn said, when residents and his wife called 911, saying he had shot "numerous" times. Bates' wife told dispatchers that he wanted to kill himself.

Deputies who arrived first at the house in the 4300 block of West Marlow Drive went around to the back, and escorted his wife out of danger.

As deputies began to move into position, his "wife indicated he continued to fire multiple shots towards nearby homes including a shot at a moving vehicle," D'Evelyn said. "She also explained that (Bates) was crouched down in the front yard with a firearm waiting for deputies."

"Deputies attempted to negotiate with the man while directing him to drop the firearm," D'Evelyn said, noting that he went so far as to go back into his house, apparently to reload.

"At one point in the negotiations, he walked directly towards deputies, still armed, and demanding they shoot him," D'Evelyn said. "After exhausting all attempts to de-escalate the situation as (Bates) continued to advance towards deputies still armed, a deputy in close proximity was forced to shoot (Bates) in self-defense and the defense of others nearby."

Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

A neighbor told investigators that he was "preparing to arm himself and defend his family," D'Evelyn said, and was grateful that deputies arrived quickly.

The deputy's name has not been released; per YCSO policy, it will be at least 48 hours until he's identified.

D'Evelyn said that at least some of the deputies were wearing cameras, and that the video would be made public next week.

Investigators for the Arizona Department of Public Safety shooting team were still at the house Thursday morning.

Follow Scott Orr on Twitter @AZNewsguy. Call him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2038 or 928-642-7705.

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