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YCSO Deputies Fatally Shoot Wanted Man Edward Kayer Monday Night

Edward Kayer

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in an officer-involved shooting Monday night that resulted in the death of 42-year-old Edward Kayer of Carefree. Kayer was wanted in connection with an incident where shots were fired last month in the area of Sound Bites Grill and the Hyatt Pinon Pointe Resort in Sedona. Witnesses say Kayer was the one who opened fire, by shooting a gun into the air. Prescott Valley Police received a tip that Kayer was in Prescott Valley and alerted the public. At around 2:15 p.m., officers located Kayer on a motorcycle and attempted to pull him over. Kayer refused to stop and took off into the Legend Hills Community. Officers searched the surrounding areas and found evidence he dumped his motorcycle and took off on foot. Just after 10 p.m., deputies received a final tip from the public, stating that Kayer was hiding in a field in the area off Antelope Meadows Road near Dogtown Road. Three deputies headed into the area to search the field. As deputies began their search, Kayer fired multiple shots at deputies, striking a patrol car. The deputies took cover and a DPS helicopter located the suspect and shined a spotlight on him allowing deputies to return fire. Kayer was pronounced dead on scene. Kayer was convicted of manslaughter out of Oregon and served 15 years in Prison and was wanted for a parole violation in connection to that case and was a prohibited possessor.