- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a police shooting in Flagstaff (all times local):

5:40 p.m. MST

Authorities have identified a man they say was killed by police after firing a series of shots in Flagstaff and threatening people.

The shooting of 26-year-old Verl Bedonie happened during the Monday morning commute in a residential area a few blocks from downtown Flagstaff.

Police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says Bedonie repeatedly ignored commands to drop his weapon.

At one point, she says Bedonie tried to carjack a vehicle and held the driver at gunpoint, demanding he be taken to Phoenix.

She says an undercover officer in an unmarked vehicle rammed the car to stop it.

Bentzen says two officers fired the fatal shots at Bedonie after he raised his gun toward police after getting out of the vehicle.

No one else was injured. The two officers are on standard administrative leave.

1:45 p.m. MST

Flagstaff police say a suspect was trying to carjack a vehicle before he got out of it and was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police.

The Police Department said in a statement the shootout occurred Monday after an officer rammed the vehicle containing the suspect and the vehicle’s driver.

According to police, the suspect refused police commands to drop his handgun after he got out of the vehicle.

No one other than the suspect was injured.

The police statement said the incident began unfolding when officers who responded to a report of an armed man inside a conference center on the Northern Arizona University campus confronted the man nearby.

The statement said the officers “recognized a deadly threat” and fired at the suspect after he refused to drop his gun.

Police say the man then fired his weapon as he ran through an alley and eventually made his way to the carjacking site located about two blocks from a hotel adjacent to the conference center and a parking garage.

10:00 a.m.

Flagstaff police say a man is dead after being shot by police after the man fired a handgun in a neighborhood while walking from a parking garage on the edge of the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Sgt. Margaret Bentzen at least one officer shot the unidentified man Monday morning during a confrontation near a busy intersection within a few blocks of the campus and downtown Flagstaff.

Bentzen says the incident began unfolding when officers went to a hotel on the northern edge of the NAU campus in response to reports of an armed man in the hotel’s parking garage.

Bentzen said the man had a handgun and fired a series of shots as he walked through a residential neighborhood but that it’s not immediately known if he was shooting at anyone or anything.

She says no one was injured from those shots. Police cordoned off the area to locate evidence.

8:40 a.m.

Flagstaff police say there’s been a shooting involving police and that a suspect was seriously wounded.

Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says the suspect brandished a gun but that no officer was injured in the Monday morning incident near the city’s downtown and several blocks from the Northern Arizona University campus.

Bentzen says the investigation is its early stages and that no additional information is immediately available.


This story has been corrected to show the officer who rammed a vehicle was undercover, not off duty.

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