Chino Valley shooting suspect's name released

Paulden man remains in critical condition

Martin Louis Avena’s vehicle, an older-model blue van, was spotted in Chino Valley and pulled over in the 400 block of Palomino Road. The 70-year-old was shot by a YCSO deputy and a Chino Valley Police Department officer on Friday after allegedly threatening them with a gun.

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Martin Louis Avena’s vehicle, an older-model blue van, was spotted in Chino Valley and pulled over in the 400 block of Palomino Road. The 70-year-old was shot by a YCSO deputy and a Chino Valley Police Department officer on Friday after allegedly threatening them with a gun.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the suspect in an officer-involved shooting incident in Chino Valley on Friday.

He is identified as 70-year-old Martin Louis Avena from Paulden. Avena was shot by a YCSO deputy and a Chino Valley Police Department officer on Friday after allegedly threatening them with a gun, according to a news release from YCSO.

He remains in critical condition in a Phoenix area hospital, the YCSO announced Sunday afternoon.

Law enforcement was looking for Avena after a domestic violence call in Paulden, where he allegedly attacked his wife and left armed, threatening any police who came after him.

His older-model, blue van was spotted and eventually stopped in a parking lot in the 400 block of Palomino Road in Chino Valley. When police confronted him, they say he threatened him with a firearm and was shot as a result, according to the YCSO release.

The case is being investigated by the Arizona Department of Safety.

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