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Man who barricaded himself in Cottonwood home is found dead

November 8, 2018

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man barricaded inside a Cottonwood home fired shots at police officers and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a standoff before fatally shooting himself.

Sheriff’s officials identified the man as 34-year-old Donald Leon Howard.

They say authorities were trying to serve a search warrant and arrest warrant on Howard around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff’s officials say the warrants were related to drugs, evidence tampering and failure to appear in court.

The standoff started around 9 p.m. and a SWAT team fired tear gas-style canisters into the home in an attempt to get Howard to surrender.

Authorities say a robot was later deployed to search the house and Howard was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and declared dead at the scene.

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