GLOBE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
A suspected arsonist who shot at Forest Service worker on the Fourth of July was shot and killed by law enforcement officers near Globe on Saturday.
The FBI released this statement about Saturday’s incident:
Around 2:00am Saturday, July 15, 2017, officers with the U.S. Forest service and San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, who were part of a multi-agency law enforcement effort searching for the suspect who fired shots at a forest service employee in Forest Lakes, AZ in July 4th, came across an individual who fired on officers. Officers fired back, killing the suspect.
No officers were injured.
This individual who was killed is believed to be the same person who shot at a Forest Service Employee in Forest Lakes, Arizona on July 4, 2017.
Investigators have identified the individual however we are awaiting notification of next of kin.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has jurisdiction for any assault on federal officers. This investigation continues and is being worked with a number of agencies including the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, San Carlos Apache Tribal Police Department, the U.S. Forest Service along with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety who were part of the joint investigation stemming from the July 4th shooting incident.
Because this is an active and ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.
According to the Forest Lakes Fire District Facebook page:
Update on aggravated assault suspect.
This morning during the FLFD Fire Board meeting, Deputy McKeever with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office informed us that our “person of interest/aggravated assault” suspect from July 3 & 4, was tracked to the area of Timber Camp approximately 20 miles NE of Globe. There early this morning, he engaged law enforcement officers in an exchange of gunfire. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
The FBI, Department of Public Safety SWAT and the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office have been searching for the suspect for more than a week and a half.
The suspect was last seen earlier this month in Cibecue near Highway U.S. 60, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office tells 3TV/CBS 5.
He was said to be considered armed and dangerous.
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