LITTLEFIELD, Arizona — A man died Friday evening after he fled from Mohave County Sheriff deputies on the Arizona Strip near Littlefield, Arizona.
According to a statement from Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Specialist Trish Carter, at approximately 8:40 p.m., MCSO deputies patrolling near Littlefield on the Arizona Strip saw a motorcycle with no rear plate operating on the roadway.
When officers attempted to pull the rider over for a traffic stop, the man, believed to be in his mid-40s, abandoned his motorcycle and fled into the desert. Deputies found him hiding in brush. When they tried to detain him, he became combative.
“A deputy used a Taser and an Arizona Department of Public safety officer, arriving to help our Deputies, also used his Taser,” Carter wrote in the statement.
The man was eventually handcuffed. As deputies led him back to the patrol cars, the man began showing signs of distress. Deputies began CPR when the suspect stopped breathing, and they immediately called for paramedics. They continued CPR until paramedics arrived on scene and took over emergency medical care.
Despite resuscitation efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.
The man has not been identified and the reason he fled is unknown. MCSO Sheriff Jim McCabe has requested that the Department of Public Safety conduct an investigation of the incident.
The deputies involved in the incident will be placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation, as per MCSO policy.
Two deputies received minor injuries during the incident and were later treated and released at a nearby hospital.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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