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Deputy fatally shoots man in Ash Fork

ASH FORK - Andy Hammond, 43, of Ash Fork, was fatally shot by an on-duty Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy last Thursday after drawing a gun and pointing it at the law enforcement officer.

Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said shortly after 9 a.m., the deputy involved in the incident stopped Hammond after employees from a nearby flagstone business told dispatchers that Hammond had "pulled a gun" on one its employees before driving away in a water-tank truck.

The deputy arrived at Murphy's Chevron station and spotted Hammond standing next to the water truck at a gas pump and approached him.

"The man brandished a handgun at the deputy, who fired one shot which struck the suspect," D'Evelyn said. "The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene."

No one else suffered injuries from the shooting.

Investigators from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office took the officer offsite to interview him, while other deputies detained witnesses onsite until detectives reached the gas station, D'Evelyn said.

At noon, detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Officer Involved Shooting Team took over the investigation.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation and taken out of the field, D'Evelyn said.

"DPS detectives have restricted the release of further information until their investigation is complete," D'Evelyn said.

(Editor's note: Daily Courier Reporter Lisa Irish contributed to this story.)

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