Rimrock man arrested after threatening sheriff's deputy with knife

Devon Shepard

Devon Shepard

RIMROCK - A man who told police he was hoping for a "suicide by cop" after threatening a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy with a knife was arrested Friday and is being held in the county jail on a $5,000 bond.

A news release from the sheriff's office said 21-year-old Devon Shepard from Rimrock was arrested for aggravated assault on law enforcement officers June 3 at about 2:45 a.m.

The news release further stated that following a domestic violence incident in the Rimrock area, deputies were directed to search for a man who had walked away from the scene. During a check of the area, a deputy found a man, later identified as Shepard, walking along Beaver Creek Road near Top O' the Morning in Rimrock.

The deputy contacted Shepard to determine if he was involved in the domestic violence situation. When the deputy approached, he noticed a knife handle protruding out of Shepard's front pant pocket. Shepard told the deputy to back off and stay away as he reached for the knife. The deputy held Shepard at gunpoint as a second deputy arrived to assist.

Shepard remained uncooperative while in the process of removing the knife from his pocket, the news release stated. When the second deputy deployed his stun gun, the probes failed to make contact. The primary deputy then took the opportunity to deploy his stun gun. In this instance, contact with Shepard's body was successful and caused him to collapse on the ground. Although he remained non-complaint, deputies were eventually able to handcuff him without injury.

Deputies disarmed Shepard by recovering two large fixed-blade kitchen knives in his possession. Shepard claimed he was being harassed by some other people, but could not provide details. He also admitted feeling hopeless and confronting deputies with the intention of a suicide-by-cop result. Deputies noted the strong odor of alcohol on Shepard's breath and he admitted to recent narcotics use.

Shepard was cleared for booking by medical staff. Deputies determined Shepard was not involved in the original domestic violence report.

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