Officers were allegedly dispatched to a domestic violence call involving a male and a female. Upon arrival, they encountered a Native American male waiving a handgun in the air. Officers reportedly asked him to lower the gun several times. The suspect then proceeded to point the gun at the officers. Officer Daniel Martinez shot Ryan McCabe in the chest. McCabe is the son of La Paz County Sheriff's Department Administrative Secretary Claudia Stewart Seechoma.
John Wright of KLPZ radio/Parkerliveonline reported the following:
"Parker Police Chief Rod Mendoza confirmed that a CRIT Police officer shot a suspect near 19th Street and Mohave Avenue in Parker after the suspect was reported to be brandishing a hand gun on the street.
Parker High School was placed on lockdown for a short time out of an abundance of caution while police ensured no other suspects were involved, Mendoza says. Ultimately no others were involved and the suspect is reported to be in custody with no further incident.
At no time were the students of any area school believed to be in danger and school is out now, Mendoza confirmed. The suspect was believed to be a tribal member."
Jennifer Giannola, a spokesperson for the FBI in Tucson, sent this statement to the Parker Pioneer:
FBI and the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department are
investigating an incident involving the Colorado River Indian Tribes
Police Department and
a male tribal member that occurred in the afternoon of December 17,
2012 on the CRIT Reservation. Preliminary reports indicate that the male
suspect died in a confrontation with officers. The investigation is
on-going. No further information will be provided at this time.”
Parker Police Chief Rod Mendoza stated the next day, “The shooting incident that occurred yesterday was devastating and
tragic to the entire community. The families directly affected are well
known by everyone in our town. The emergency responders arrived quickly
and worked diligently in trying to save a life but unfortunately the
person did not survive. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are
under investigation by the CRIT Police Department, BIA and the FBI. All
questions should be directed to CRIT Chief of Police Richard
Armstrong. Our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to the family members
The Colorado River Indian Tribes issued this statement, “In light of the events that transpired yesterday, CRIT Department of
Health Services and Behavioral Health will have counselors available for
anyone who would like to speak to a counselor. Anyone wanting to speak
with someone can walk in and request services. The number is (928)
669-8187, and there will be someone available today and tomorrow from
8-5, the tribal warm line will also be available for anyone seeking
services. Their number is (855) 728-8630. You may also call the Advocacy
program and the Crisis Shelter after hours if you would like to speak
with someone. The Advocacy Program number is (928) 669-2906 and the
shelter number is (888) 499-0911 and (928) 669-0107. For safety planning
or any other domestic violence services please contact the shelter or
the advocacy program. Thank you”