Body camera and 911 call recordings from Friday’s fatal Officer involved shooting.

February 12th, 2018 at 5:27 PM

The Flagstaff Police Department would like to announce that information related to the officer involved shooting that took place on Friday February 9, 2018, is now available.

Body camera footage, the original 911 call as well as the available patrol reports have been posted for your review. Redactions have been made to the video and audio recordings as well as the police reports in accordance with Arizona Public Records law based upon the confidentiality and privacy of the individuals involved in the incident.

Witness statements obtained by officers on Friday February 9, 2018, are contained in the reports located on the website. As of today there are no known witnesses, other than the police officers, who observed the subject and the position of the hand gun at the time shots were fired.

At the time of the shooting, the involved officers unfortunately did not have any other information other than what was provided to them over the police radio and documented in the event chronology that has also been posted on the transparency website for review.

This incident continues to be investigated by the Northern Arizona Shoot Team with investigators from the Northern Arizona University Police Department leading the investigation along with other team members. As more information becomes available it will be posted on the website for review.

Officers Beckwith and Rowden have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation which is standard protocol in these kinds of investigations.

This incident is actively being investigated by the Northern Arizona Officer Involved Shoot Team, more information will be provided as it becomes available.

OFFICIAL POLICE STATEMENT: FLAGSTAFF, AZ (February 9, 2018): The Flagstaff Police Department shot and killed a white male after the suspect pointed a firearm at a victim and officers at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave.

On February 9, 2018 at 8:52 PM a victim contacted the police department and informed them she had been confronted by a white male with a firearm at the 700 block of West Coconino Ave. Officers immediately responded and located a suspect matching the description the victim had provided. Police officers repeatedly demanded the man drop the firearm and not to wave it around or point it at anyone. After several minutes of the officers giving commands and the suspect failing to comply the officers discharged their weapons and the suspect fell. After rendering medical-aid the suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.

No officers or other bystanders were injured in this incident.

This incident is actively being investigated by the Northern Arizona Officer Involved Shoot Team, more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Sgt. Cory C. Runge

Flagstaff Police Department

Public Relations

UPDATE 11:30 P.M. Police Scanner Recording-


UPDATE 11 P.M. : The suspect is no longer a threat and is in police custody. Due to the nature of his injuries, we will withhold his condition until official details are given to us from the police department.

UPDATE 10:45 P.M. :  Just before 9 pm Friday evening, Flagstaff police received a 911 call from a frantic female stating her neighbor (who she’d been having an ongoing dispute with) was outside her apartment door threatening her with a gun. The woman locked herself in a bedroom while the neighbor, described as a white male in his seventies with a beard was  ringing the doorbell. When officers arrived, they confronted the suspect and observed him holding a firearm. They repeatedly told him to drop the weapon, but he instead waved the gun around and pointed it at Officers. The moment the weapon was pointed at Officers, the Officers shot the suspect. The incident took place in the middle of an apartment complex in the 700 block of Coconino Avenue. The is an active crime scene and details are still forthcoming. We will update you if and when we get them. Police scanner recording to follow.

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20 thoughts on “Body camera and 911 call recordings from Friday’s fatal Officer involved shooting.

  1. Just because Zach doesn’t have an alternative answer it doesn’t mean it’s not okay to ask what other solutions could have been? It’s okay to question things without knowing the answer.

    I go back and forth on the use of non lethal force, while it’s sad that this guy was suffering from dementia, I think ultimately the POs on scene and the individuals living in the apartments surrounding should have their safety prioritized over his. But, that being said, it’s still cool to talk about non-lethal options and why and why not they may not be viable in a situation like this.

  2. Trevor Michael not to mention all the innocent people in and out of their homes. These people don’t think. That guy had a real gun with real bullets, that fly anywhere.

  3. Gene Ortiz did you not watch the video? That was a long range shot, if he had his sidearm they might have been in a back and forth shootout! Watch the video before you make dumb comments.

  4. Great job officer. I feel bad for the officer that had to take this man’s life, the bottom line is when the officer tells you repeatedly to drop the gun you drop the gun, dont point it at the officer. The officer has a family to go home too.

  5. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t have used some kind of shot gun ammo that would have taken him down and might not have killed him. Also why is he using an ar-15? It seems like a bit much. Why isn’t he using his side arm?

  6. Zach Schwartz the department’s in this area regularly train and recertify with multiple less-lethal tools. Unfortunately with a person brandishing a gun, those less lethal techniques are more likely to escalate a situation. Feel free to shoot me a pm, and I can talk to you more about my training and the training I know others go through in northern AZ regarding these types of incidents.

  7. I can hear the stress and concern in this officers voice! You can tell he did not wanna fire! He gave many many many chances and warned him he would shoot. He even sounded upset when he fired! Thank you officer for protecting the community of flagstaff! I couldn’t imagine how hard and stressful your job is!

  8. I don’t have any recommendation. I’m just thinking there must have been a non lethal way. Most police departments don’t necessarily stress other methods and I wonder what our situation is here in this community

  9. Well Zach maybe it’s time for you to become a police officer so you can teach all of the currently trained professional police officers that we already have how to handle it better?

  10. The officer gave him over a minute of clear instructions to drop the weapon, even told him to just not swing it around. The suspect was a deadly threat to the officers and residents. Its horrible that the suspect was suffering dementia, but that doesn’t make him any less of a threat. Looks like the right call to me, no matter how sad.

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