Friday evening, 8/29/14 at about 8:40 pm Mohave County Sheriff Deputies in the Littlefield area of the Arizona Strip saw a motorcycle with no rear plate operating on the roadway. They started to make a traffic stop and the rider, a white male believed to be in his mid 40’s, abandoned his motorcycle and fled into the desert.
Deputies were able to find him hiding in brush and when they tried to detain him, he became combative with our Deputies. A Deputy used a Taser and an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer, arriving to help our Deputies, also used his Taser. The male was eventually handcuffed and as he was being led back to the Deputies patrol cars, began to show signs of distress. Deputies began CPR when the suspect stopped breathing and immediately called for Paramedics. They continued CPR until Paramedics arrived on-scene and took over emergency medical care. Ultimately the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Jim McCabe has requested that the Department of Public Safety conduct an investigation of the incident. The motorcyclist has not yet been identified and the reason he fled is not known. The involved MCSO deputies will be placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation as per our policy. Two deputies received minor injuries and were later treated and released at a nearby hospital. The Arizona Department of Public Safety will be the agency responsible for the investigation.