Expect Warm and Dry Conditions through Thursday
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please follow this link. More »
Flagstaff Tactical Operations Team Called in to Assist Rangers in Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, National Park Service investigators attempted to contact a male subject after they became aware that he had an outstanding warrant. The man was visiting a local resident and was staying in a house in a park residential area.
Because the subject was believed to be in possession of a weapon, park personnel decided to take every precaution to protect the safety of their team and local residents; and after several unsuccessful attempts to engage the subject, park rangers established a perimeter around the house while investigators continued to try to communicate with him. Additionally, the Flagstaff Tactical Operations Team was called in at approximately 1:40 p.m. to provide support, assistance and a tactical response if need be. At the same time, all nearby residences were evacuated and the roads into the area were closed off.
Once the tactical team arrived, a joint command was established; and the team’s negotiator joined in the efforts to elicit a response from the male subject; but he remained silent and closed inside the residence.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., having exhausted all other options, the tactical team entered the home and found the subject deceased from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The body has been transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The National Park Service would like to thank the Flagstaff Tactical Operations Team, a highly trained tactical response team made up of members of the Flagstaff Police Department and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, for their quick response and assistance in resolving this incident. In addition, Superintendent Steve Martin would like to thank community members for their cooperation with evacuation and temporary closure of the immediate area of the incident.
Did You Know?
The impacts caused by tamarisk within the Grand Canyon are well documented. These prolific non-native shrubs displace native vegetation and animals, alter soil salinity, and increase fire frequency. What is park management doing about this exotic plant? More...