New details on Gaver family; living in parking lot, playing music for tips

COTTONWOOD -- A family of nine, packed into a Chevrolet Suburban, was camping at the Cottonwood Walmart parking lot in the days before a deadly brawl with Cottonwood Police Saturday night.

Walmart called for police help after the Gavers had reportedly gone into the store's bathroom. When a Walmart employee went to check on the family, she was pushed against the wall and the store called police for help.

The Gaver family is from Boise, Idaho, according to The Idaho Statesman. The father, Peter Gaver, and two sons, Nathaniel and Jeremiah Gaver, often played music for tips on the street.

They likewise tried to entertain outside the Fry's supermarket in Cottonwood as well as the north exit from Walmart before they were arrested over the weekend.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety reports that as Cottonwood police approached the family's Suburban Saturday, the Gaver family attacked the responding officers. At one point, there was a struggle for a gun and three shots were fired and Cottonwood PD Sgt. Jeremy Daniels received a wound to his leg. Daniels, 31, is expected make a full recovery, according to DPS.

In all, eight Cottonwood officers and another Wal-Mart employee were assaulted in the parking lot during the fight.

The Gavers face charges ranging from aggravated assault to attempted homicide to obstruction, a DPS news release stated.

Katherine Woods of Kactus Kate's said she was contacted by Peter Gaver about performing at the Old Town bar and she scheduled the group for March 14. But when she attempted to confirm the music in advance, she could not re-connect and thought she would have to cover the shift with a free jukebox. Peter finally returned the call from Prescott.

On the day of the performance, Wood said Peter and two of his sons arrived, but only Peter spoke. He said the group, billed as Matthew 24 Now, was an acoustic group.

Performing acoustically, Woods said she couldn't hear the music because of the noise in the bar and finally told them it was "not going to work out" and gave Peter money for their time.

According to The Idaho Statesman, court records show Gaver family members had few contacts with police and all of those were for minor offenses. Cottonwood police report that Jeremiah Gaver was asked to refrain from loitering around a business.

The Idaho Statesman also reported that the Gaver family became homeowners in 2004 thanks to a PMI Foundation partnership with Boise's Habitat for Humanity.

The DPS reports Gaver family members face the following charges:

Peter Gaver, 55 -- resisting arrests - means causing injury, hindering prosecution in the 1st degree

Ruth Gaver 52 -- aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest - means causing injury, hindering prosecution in the 1st degree

Nathaniel Gaver, 27 -- aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, causing injury, hindering prosecution in the 1st degree

Jeremiah Gaver, 29 -- aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest - means causing injury, hindering prosecution in the 1st degree

David Gaver, 28, who was shot in the stomach during the incident, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest - means causing injury, hindering prosecution in the 1st degree

In addition, a juvenile member of the family also faces charges.

Enoch Gaver, 21, was shot and killed during the fight with police.

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