Man Brings A Spear To A Gunfight
Yuma police say a 35-year-old man was shot and killed early Wednesday morning after he attacked an officer on the Special Enforcement Team with a 4½-foot spear.
Sgt. Clint Norred, a spokesman for the Yuma Police Department, said the incident began at about 2:20 a.m. when officers responded to a report of an alleged sexual abuse or assault at the Fairmont Apartments at 2293 W. 19th St.
According to Norred, when officers arrived on scene to investigate the allegation, the suspect became uncooperative and barricaded himself and a 15-year-old male inside the apartment, where he armed himself with a knife and began making suicidal threats.
"He initially refused to talk to the officers and retreated to the apartment area, armed himself with a knife, and made suicidal threats," Norred said.
The suspect, who has now been identified as Michael Shawn Cooper, had allegedly inappropriately touched an adult female at the apartment. In addition to that allegation, Cooper had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out of Yuma Municipal Court for failure to pay, in reference to drug paraphernalia charges.