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Prescott Valley Man To Serve 20 Years In Prison For Firing On Police Officers In 2021

A Prescott Valley man is spending the next 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and attempted aggravated assault of several law enforcement officers in 2021. He was also charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct against family members. The incident began just after midnight of December 30th, following a 9-1-1 call from the family of 35-year-old Joshua Schnoebelen. The caller say he was yelling, knocking over furniture and had slammed a family member’s head against a wall and that several children were home at the time. The caller also said Schnoebelen was actively loading several firearms, stating he would shoot police if they came to his house. Law enforcement spent hours trying to get him to put down his weapons and surrender. Schnoebelen eventually opened fire on Prescott Valley Police officers, hitting one in the leg and grazing the head of another. Officers returned fire, ending the standoff. He was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment and then arrested. Schnoebelen will have to serve every day of the sentence without the possibility of early release.

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