Man who barricaded himself in Cottonwood home is found dead
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.