OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN DONEY PARK

May 21st, 2016 at 1:39 AM

1:41 AM (update #1): We are working on details surrounding an Officer involved shooting in Doney Park that occurred around 12:10 Saturday morning. At least one person was shot multiple times and taken from the scene in extremely critical condition.  The agency involved is Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get them. This page will auto refresh every 3 minutes.

1:52 A.M.(update #2): At around 11:00 P.M. on Friday evening CCSO dispatchers received a 911 call reference an alleged suicidal subject armed with a gun at a residence in the area of Lumberjack Boulevard and Sunshine Avenue in the Doney Park/ Townsend Winona Area. When Deputies arrived, they initially attempted to communicate with the subject using a loud speaker outside the house. A perimeter was also established around the residence to prevent to subject from fleeing the vicinity. Due to information gathered from other persons, an incident command post was also established and additional resources were called to the area. Evacuation of nearby houses was ordered by CCSO. To be continued… Next update in 30 minutes due to our staff replaying scanner recordings.

2:30 A.M.(update #3): Deputies eventually made contact with the suspect by telephone. During the conversation with Deputies, the subject indicated he would take his life if law enforcement came any closer. He also said he was armed with a firearm. It was at this time SWAT was activated and placed on standby at a nearby location. To be continued… Next update in 30 minutes due to our staff replaying scanner recordings.

3:00 A.M.(update #4): Deputies eventually located the suspect near a shed on the back side of the property and attempted to talk him into surrendering. He instead ran from them and entered a pickup truck. He then attempted to drive away, but was blocked by Deputies at gunpoint. The suspect would not drop his weapon despite Deputies ordering him to do so. The suspect then exited the truck and approached Deputies with the rifle, ignoring their orders to stop and to drop the weapon. At this point, a brief standoff between the Deputies and the suspect occurred. The suspect was somehow able to elude the Deputies and run to the rear of a house where they lost sight of him. This was at approximately 11:45 P.M. To be continued… Next update in 15 minutes due to our staff replaying scanner recordings.

3:30 A.M.(update #5): After loosing visual contact of the suspect for a few minutes, he reappeared on the exterior porch of a structure, where another period of negotiations ensued. At 12:05 A.M. it appears Deputies attempted to take the subject in to custody again. A few minutes later, Deputies yelled over the radio that shots were being fired and that they were engaged in a shooting. The suspect was shot multiple times and medics were called into the scene. He was transported a short time later to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. Scanner audio did not indicate what exactly led to the shooting. No Deputies were wounded. CCSO has advised FLAGscanner that they are preparing an official press release at this time. We will provide it to you when it is received.

OFFICIAL UPDATE FROM COCONINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE: 

Flagstaff, AZ – On Saturday, May 21 at approximately 12:07 am, an armed subject who had been in a standoff with law enforcement officers was shot and killed at a residence off of Lumberjack Boulevard in the Mountain View Ranchos / Doney Park area east of Flagstaff.  The subject has been identified as 31-year-old Mark Nelson. The shooting is currently under investigation by a

Scene of fatal deputy involved shooting in Doney Park area. Courtesy of CCSO
Scene of fatal deputy involved shooting in Doney Park area. Courtesy of CCSO

Northern Arizona multi-agency officer involved shooting team.

The emergency call came in on Friday, May 20 at 9:51 pm when 911 Dispatch received a call from Crisis Hotline about an armed suicidal man.  The caller into the Hot Line was the subject’s mother.  She reported that her son was behind the house near the garage area.

As deputies were dispatched to the scene, reports came in that shots had been fired from the area where the subject was believed to be.  As the incident developed, four Coconino County Sheriff Deputies were assisted by four Flagstaff Police Officers, and two Arizona Department of Public Safety Troopers in establishing a perimeter to ensure safety of the neighborhood.  Guardian Medical and Summit Fire also had been staged nearby.

Upon arrival, the officers made visual and verbal contact with Mr. Nelson and tried to convince him to surrender his weapon as well as offer him help.  Around 11:28 pm, the subject drove his truck from the backyard/garage area to the front of the house.  He exited his truck with a high powered rifle.

After several more minutes of trying to dialogue with Mr. Nelson offering to get him assistance and telling him to put down his weapon, Mr. Nelson put the gun into his mouth.  He then took it out of his mouth and leveled it at officers.  At that time shots were fired by deputies at Mr. Nelson.  Medical personnel rendered first aid.  Mark Nelson was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

This officer involved shooting is currently under investigation. Additional information will be made available as the investigation moves forward.

 

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