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?
Within the Grand Canyon, the type and abundance of organisms is directly related to the presence or absence of water. The Colorado River and its tributaries, as well as springs, seeps, stock tanks and ephemeral pools provide oases to flora and fauna in this semi-arid southwest desert area.