Man arrested after allegedly threatening deputies with knife

Devon Lee Shepard

Devon Lee Shepard

RIMROCK – A man who threatened sheriff’s deputies with a knife Friday morning, June 3, was taken into custody after being shocked with a Taser, Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.

A deputies searching the area of a domestic violence incident for a man who might have been involved found Devon Shepard, 21, walking along Beaver Creek Road near Top O’ the Morning, and stopped him to question Shepard at about 2:45 a.m., D’Evelyn said.

The deputy saw a knife handle sticking out of Shepard’s pocket, and Shepard reached for it as he told the deputy to back off.

The deputy drew his gun as another deputy arrived, and the second man attempted to use his Taser on Shepard, but the probes did not make contact, D’Evelyn said, and then the first deputy was able to shock Shepard with his Taser.

He went down, and struggled, but was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Shepard had two large fixed-blade knives on him.

“Shepard claimed he was being harassed by unknown persons but could not provide details,” D’Evelyn said. “He also admitted feeling hopeless and confronting deputies intending a suicide-by-cop result.”

Deputies smelled alcohol on his breath and he admitted he’d been using narcotics, D’Evelyn said.

Shepard was booked into the Camp Verde jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, where he’s being held on a $5,000 bond.

He was not involved in the original domestic violence incident.