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8/23/2013 8:35:00 AM
Brotherly brawl involves gun, knives near Rimrock
Derrick Lovaasen
Derrick Lovaasen

A fight among three brothers in the Beaver Creek area turned into a brawl that involved a gun, knives and a beer bottle. Two ended up in the hospital and the third in jail.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported the incident occurred the afternoon of Aug. 11 on a Forest Service road near the Beaver Creek Campground. According to the report, Derrick Lovaasen, 23, of Rimrock came to the site after his 30-year-old brother and 21-year-old brother had already arrived. Reportedly, all had already been drinking. Other people were at the site as well.

When the younger brother briefly left the area, Derrick argued with and began fighting with the older brother for unknown reasons.

When the younger brother returned, Derrick allegedly had a loaded shotgun and threatened the older brother with it. The older brother was able to get the gun away from him and gave it to the younger brother, who hid it in some bushes.

Derrick then came up with a razor knife and butterfly-style knife and allegedly stabbed the older brother multiple times. Reports indicate he was cut in his right wrist, lower back, right foot and his chest and shoulder area.

Subsequently, Derrick broke a nearly full 40-ounce bottle of beer over the older brother's head and used the broken bottle neck to cut the younger brother's shoulder when he tried to intervene, according to the YCSO.

After Derrick left with his shotgun, other people at the site realized the severity of the other brothers' injuries and tried to go for medical help. The brothers found that a tire on their truck was slashed. Another person took them to the Montezuma-Rimrock fire station for treatment. Both brothers ended up being admitted to Verde Valley Medical Center.

YCSO reported the younger brother received about 45 stitches while his older brother received about 200 stitches. Neither would explain Derrick's behavior and both initially denied they were attacked and attributed their injuries to falls.

Derrick Lovaasen was later arrested at his Rimrock home, and then booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. He is charged with aggravated domestic violence, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and a weapons offense. He has since been released on a $2,500 bond.


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