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Cottonwood Police Involved in Shooting, Arizona Department of Public Safety Investigating

Monday, March 23, 2015 -

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Updated: 3-23-2015 7:50pm

Recap: At approximately 10:52 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, Cottonwood Police (CPD)
received a call from the Cottonwood Wal-Mart reporting that a female Wal-Mart employee had
been assaulted in the store by multiple suspects. The employee was going into the store
bathroom when she was physically shoved out of the way by one of the suspects.

When officers arrived the suspects were in the parking lot and immediately attacked the
responding officers. During the altercation, one of the CPD officers, Sergeant Jeremy Daniels,
received a gun shot wound to his leg. Sergeant Daniels, 31, has been with CPD for about 10
years and should make a full recovery. He is currently at the Flagstaff Medical Center.
One of suspects was shot and killed. A second suspect was shot in the abdomen. Six other
suspects were eventually taken into custody including Jeramiah Gaver, 29 from Boise, Idaho.
Mr. Gaver was booked on an Aggravated Assault charge. The other suspects face charges
ranging from aggravated assault to attempted homicide to obstruction. A total of eight officers
and another Wal-Mart employee were assaulted in the parking lot during the fight. Seven of
those officers sustained minor injuries to include lacerations and bruising and in one case a
twisted ankle.

The suspects included an adult female and two juveniles male and female. We believe most are
from the same family. Initially the suspects refused to cooperate. Our detectives are still in the
process of trying to identify them. They were all booked as “John Doe’s” pending confirmation of
identification.

During the course of the fight in the parking lot we believe there was a struggle for an Officer’s
gun. A total of three gunshots were fired. All of that is the subject of this ongoing investigation.
The wounded suspect was treated at Flagstaff Medical Center and released. He will be charged
with aggravated assault.

This is a very complex case involving several officers and a number of suspects. We will update
information as it becomes available.

Identities of Suspects involved in Cottonwood Police Incident Revealed

Peter Gaver 55
Charges: Resisting Arrests - Means Causing Injury

Hindering Prosecution in the 1st degree

Ruth Gaver 52
Charges: Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

Resisting Arrest - Means Causing injury Hindering Prosecution in the 1st degree

Nathan Gaver 27
Charges: Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

Resisting Arrest - Means Causing injury Hindering Prosecution in the 1st degree

Jeremiah Gaver 29
Charges: Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

Resisting Arrest - Means Causing injury Hindering Prosecution in the 1st degree

David Gaver 28
Charges: Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

Resisting Arrest - Means Causing injury Hindering Prosecution in the 1st degree

*the other suspect is a juvenile which we will not identify at this time*

Updated: 3-23-2015 7:50pm

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