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Charges finalized against Gaver family in parking lot brawl with police

PRESCOTT -- The appearance of the Gaver family for Early Disposition Court in Prescott Tuesday was canceled. The Yavapai County Attorney's Office took the cases to the Grand Jury Friday and formal charges were issued against Peter and Ruth and their three sons Nathaniel, Jeremiah, and David.

The Gavers, of Idaho, were involved in a brawl with Cottonwood police when officers arrived to assist a Walmart security employee after she was shoved against the wall in the store bathroom late Saturday night, March 21.

The whole family was waiting for police in the parking lot when reinforcements arrived and a battle began, "8 on 8" as one officer described it.

Three people were shot during a scuffle for a gun, including Enoch Gaver, 21, who was killed. Sgt. Jeremy Daniels was shot in the thigh and David Gaver was struck in the abdomen with a bullet. Both the wounded have now been released. Other officers suffered lesser wounds during the fight.

The Friday indictment brought the following charges against each of the Gaver family members:

• David Gaver, 28, is facing the most with 16 counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of hindering prosecution, one count of riot, and four counts of disorderly conduct.

• Jeremiah Gaver, 29, faces four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of hindering prosecution, one count of riot, misdemeanor assault, and three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

• Nathaniel Gaver, 27, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of hindering prosecution, one count of riot, one count of assault (misdemeanor), and three counts of disorderly conduct (misdemeanors)

• Peter Gaver, 55, is facing one count of resisting arrest, and one count of hindering prosecution (both felonies).

• Ruth Gaver, 52, one count of aggravated assault, one count of resisting arrest (felony), one count of riot, and count of resisting arrest (misdemeanor).

The adult Gaver family members are now scheduled to appear before Judge Michael Bluff, Monday, April 6.

Two Gaver children, ages 11 and 15, remain held in juvenile detention.

-contact jhutchinson@verdenews.com or @_jhutchinson on Twitter

1st Juvenile

5 counts of Aggravated Assault

1 count of Resisting Arrest

1 count of Riot

2nd Juvenile

1 count of Aggravated Assault

1 count of Resisting Arrest

1 count of Riot
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