UPDATE – July 26, 2017- During the evening of July 24, 2017, suspect Avena died in a Phoenix area hospital.
Body cam video from the incident remains under review and may be released in the next few days.
UPDATE – July 24, 2017 – Law Enforcement Officers involved in this Incident Identified –
They are YCSO Deputy Theresa Kennedy, 52, a 24 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, and Chino Valley Police Officer Officer Jeffrey Pizzi, 43, who is an 18 year law enforcement veteran with the last 4 years at Chino Valley Police Department.
Suspect Avena remains in critical condition.
UPATE – July 22, 2017 - Suspect Identified -
The suspect from yesterday’s armed confrontation with law enforcement officers is identified as 70-year-old Martin Louis Avena from Paulden. He remains in critical condition at a Phoenix area hospital. DPS investigators are handling the shooting investigation for both the Chino Valley Police Department and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. They remained on scene until early this morning.
July 21, 2017 - PRELIMINARY INFORMATION –
Just after 2:30 PM today, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies, with assistance from Chino Valley Police Officers, encountered an armed male suspect in the 400 block of Palomino Road in Chino Valley – see attached photo. The male suspect was being sought by deputies regarding a domestic violence incident that occurred earlier in the Paulden area in which he attacked his wife. Deputies were told the suspect was armed and had threatened any law enforcement officers responding to the incident. The suspect was driving a blue, older model van.
The vehicle was located in Chino Valley and eventually stopped in a parking lot in the 400 block of Palomino Road. Chino Valley Officers arrived to assist with the traffic stop. The suspect confronted the deputies and officers with a firearm and was shot as a result of the threat. Personnel from both agencies, YCSO and the Chino Valley Police Department, were involved in the shooting.
The suspect, a 70-year-old man, was eventually transported to Yavapai County Regional Medical Center in Prescott and then flown to a Phoenix area hospital for further treatment. An update on his condition will be provided when known. No officers were injured.
The Department of Public Safety, Officer Involved Shooting Team, was contacted and will be handling the investigation on behalf of both law enforcement agencies.
By policy, names of the officers for both agencies will not be released for at least 48 hours. The suspect’s identity is pending verification from detectives on the scene.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov