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4/12/2013 12:12:00 PM
Suicidal man killed in gunfire

COTTONWOOD -- Thursday at about 5:30 p.m., Cottonwood Police were sent to the 1300 block of East Gila Street on a report that a man was suicidal and had a handgun.

When the officers arrived, they tried talking with 67-year-old Kodie Victor.

After about 10 minutes, according to police, Victor pointed his gun at the officers. At that point, Officer Scott Dever was forced to fire his weapon to defend himself. Fire and Ambulance personnel were called to the scene. Victor was taken to the Verde Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Victor's family has been notified.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety was requested to conduct the shooting investigation. Officer Dever is an eight-year veteran police officer. He has been placed on administrative leave as is routine, per Cottonwood P.D. policy.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Article comment by: Melody (Broome) Foreman

I just came across this article. Terry, you are always in my memory and this absolutely breaks my heart. Would love to be in touch! Sending prayers and love to you and your family from an old Bay Area friend.
Melodynmi@aol.com


Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015
Article comment by: Terry Victor

Words can never explain how much I miss Kodie. Although I've embraced the 'new normal', am living in a totally different world without him. ...you just put one foot in front of the other and keep on and you learn to live presently in the world, but with the knowledge that you will never be the same. Hard lesson to learn ~ blessings to all who have lost their loved ones also.

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Article comment by: Kriss Victor

As the Holidays approach I'm reminded of the times spent with my father. I think of him every day and draw strength from his sacrifice. I'll miss the good times with him of holidays to come. My thanks to those who read this and care enough to check in on his memory. I hope officers consider what happens after they shoot before they do it. It's not just the suspect that dies. We've all died a little.

Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Terry and Kriss Victor
Unfortunately, there are some losses time will never heal. I wish I could think of something comforting to say.

Thank you for keeping this thread alive, however. It's a tragedy citizens of the Verde Valley shouldn't forget.


Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014
Article comment by: Terry Victor

So hard to believe it's been almost a year and a half ~ you are so missed and will be with me forever.

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: It seems to me:

Kodie Victor had a very wise and devoted family.

Odds are, due to their virtues, some good will ultimately come of his tragic passing.


Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: K Victor

It's been a year. We miss him.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Kriss Victor

The shot was true.
He died on the spot.
He couldn't have asked for more.
Thank you Officer Dever.
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.
K. Victor


Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: maureen barnato

Condolences to Mrs Victor on the loss of her husband. No matter the details of what went down that day, the end result is a tragedy for everyone involved.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ Terry Victor

I am very sorry for your loss. Regardless of how everything went down, you and your family are facing a tremendous loss. Please know that there are so many people out there praying for you and your family.

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Victor

I am so glad this incident has generated so much dialogue. Please know I feel so sorry for Officer Dever. Also, please know that my husband is at peace. May you all be well and thank you for caring. Mrs. Kodie Victor

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

I hope Officer Dever is ok shooting someone dead has to be a horrible situation...

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Libby Kintonis

Thank you Officer Dever for doing the right thing. That's a heavy thing to have to do to protect yourself and the community. I appreciate your courage under fire.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: perhaps a simple explanation? ...

Before everyone completes their 'trials of opinion' consider that our area has a pretty high ratio of older 'retired' population to the average population.

Its not to hard to extrapolate that our area may have a higher percentage of citizens that are, for whatever reason, prone to such incidents due to age, health and maybe access to healthcare.

As far back as 1998 and 2009 there have been studies that indicated SBC (suicide by cop) rates had increased by 20 to 30 percent, given that it is now 2013 that rate could have increased significantly.

Rather than blame a guy for doing his job... why not take a minute to research the issue and maybe see what can be done to prevent it.

Do you have older/senior friends/family? could you visit them more? Do they have weapons that they really should not be using anymore?

As they say- when you point one finger that leaves 3 pointing back at you.


Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

Ms. Kitty, why are there people like you in the world? Helmet.


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