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4/14/2014 4:35:00 PM
Armed standoff escalates into tragedy in Cornville

A Cornville woman and her daughter were held hostage at gunpoint for two hours Sunday before the suspect killed himself in front of deputies.

Joshua Myers, 35, said to be the live-in boyfriend of the woman, had released her and her daughter before a standoff with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. The incident reportedly started with an argument in the home in the 11900 block of East Mingus View in Cornville.

After he released them, the woman called YCSO at around 1:30 p.m. to report the incident and told deputies Myers was threatening suicide or a shootout with law enforcement officers.

Myers was still in the house when deputies arrived and surrounded the residence. According to the report, he had barricaded himself in the building and was uncooperative throughout the afternoon and into evening. Deputies determined he was heavily armed and had a police scanner and gas masks.

The sheriff's SWAT team also responded to the scene.

After dark, around 9:20 p.m., Myers went into the back yard with a handgun and shot himself in the head, according to the YCSO report. Deputies did not fire shots during this incident.

Deputies later found an AR-15 type rifle and associated ammunition.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Don't take the sheriff's word are there any other witnesses.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: tragic news

I was deeply saddened to hear of this tragedy. Josh was very kind, and extremely helpful in all of my interactions with him through his work. I will miss him, and my deepest sympathies to his family. Rest in peace dear soul.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Article comment by: Jess Mulcaire

Don't know what happened but Josh was a pleasure to work with. He was always upbeat with a great attitude.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Teresa Martinez

The Josh I know and loved is a kind, caring, giving, and trustworthy person. I don't know what happened in his last day, but I know that it will never tarnish my memories. I have known him since we were 13 years old and he has always been my best friend. I only hope he has now found peace. I love you Josh and you are always in my heart. I cant wait until we meet again.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: so sorry

May Josh have found peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family may they find peace in time as well.

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Article comment by: Kade Turnbell

Look, I know this make him look bad, but I knew Josh in person. He was amazing, and I thought of him as an uncle, he would never do something like this without reason, and we may not know the whole story. But I love you Josh. I really do, and I hope you find peace.

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