Young man involved in weekend shooting by deputy identified

COTTONWOOD -- Authorities have identified the young man who was fatally shot during an altercation with a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy in Verde Village early Saturday.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said 19-year-old Ebin Lamont Proctor died after being shot by the deputy.

At 4:09 a.m. Saturday, a deputy made a traffic stop on Yuma Circle Drive in Verde Village for an equipment violation, according to a release from the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety.

A second deputy arrived shortly after to assist. While the six occupants of a Jeep SUV were being questioned, Proctor fled on foot, according to the report. He was chased by a deputy, and within minutes, according to the release, a dispatcher received a report that shots were fired.

A preliminary investigation shows the deputy got into a physical altercation with Proctor, who sustained a fatal injury from a gunshot, according to the DPS.

The deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated locally.

Five additional suspects were taken into "investigative custody," according to the DPS.

All of the occupants in the vehicle, including the deceased, were male and area residents, police said. One was a juvenile.

Police said the names of the officers involved will not be released this weekend.

The Department of Public Safety Officer Involved Shooting team is investigating the incident.


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