Yesterday we published a press release provided to us by AZDPS due to the close proximity of the situation and possibility of the suspect fleeing Show Low. Many have written in to request an update. Here is what we’ve learned.
An hours-long standoff between the killer of a police officer and law enforcement ended early Wednesday when the man was killed at a cabin in Pinetop-Lakeside, authorities said.
A 15-year-old girl who was being held hostage was safe, police said.
Daniel Erickson, 36, and the girl were barricaded for about 6½ hours at Lake of the Woods Resort, with the man periodically shooting at officers, according to a statement Wednesday from Show Low police. The standoff came to an end when officers returned fire and killed Erickson, police said.
The girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Erickson was sought by officers after the fatal shooting of Show Low Officer Darrin Reed, who was killed when answering a disturbance call in the 400 block of West Deuce of Clubs, near an Arby’s restaurant, shortly after noon Tuesday, police said.
Police activity was reported near the Lake of the Woods Resort about 8:10 p.m. The Arizona Department of Transportation tweeted that State Route 260 was closed about eight miles south of U.S. 60 in the area of the resort.
Members of the White Mountain Special Response Team and area law-enforcement officers surrounded Erickson at the cabin, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety SWAT team arrived to take the lead, police said.
Reed, 50, had worked for Show Low police since 2006. Before that, he worked for the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.
He was taken to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center after Tuesday afternoon’s shooting and later died from his injuries. He was killed weeks before his planned retirement, officials said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family following this tragic incident,” Show Low police said in a news release.
He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.
A candlelight vigil is planned for Reed at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“Thank you to everyone who has expressed their concern and shown their support. Officer Reed was not only a husband, a father and a police officer; he was a member of our community who will be sorely missed,” the Show Low Police Department said in a statement.
The motives behind Erickson’s actions weren’t immediately clear.
Erickson is a convicted felon who served two stints in the Arizona Department of Corrections, according to the department’s website. He was most recently released from prison in June 2013 at the end of a four-year sentence for a marijuana conviction out of Cochise County. Previously, he spent five months in prison in 2007 for an endangerment conviction in Pinal County.