Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 255 E Gurley St, Prescott, 86301 AZ
  • Chief:
Phone: 928-771-3260

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is located at 255 E Gurley St, Prescott, 86301 AZ. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office phone number is 928-771-3260.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office News

Update from fire officials regarding fireworks celebrations in ‘Chino Valley’ and Prescott Valley

This Saturday, June 30, marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic deaths of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in Yarnell - As such, we would like to share this beautiful tribute to these heroes composed by Mr. John Wurtz. Mr. Wurtz has volunteered his time and talent in recent years to YCSO's Right-by-Kids / Deputy Do-Right Safety program during several community and school presentations. The Sheriff's Office truly appreciates his commitment to others and this special tribute to our fallen 19... "19 ANGELS" (lyrics below) MUSIC BY JOHN WURTZ -- WORDS BY JOHN WURTZ AND ROAD 1 SOUTH -- (Copyright Sleepyhollow Music Publishing 2013) *** On a hillside charred and black A day we all would like to have back No color left within our view Except for the flags of red, white, and blue... Fathers, sons, and friends for life Giving all the ultimate price Friends and neighbors gathered close To honor those they loved the most Chorus -- And now there’s - 19 Angels looking down... The last alarm was a deafening sound... For 19 Angels watching over you and me... Now your wings have set you free.. 20 men ran up that hill On that June day in the town of Yarnell They fought the fires that raged from hell One came back but 19 fell (Repeat Chorus) Words they come and words they go There are no words to let you know I thank you all -- your sacrifice Remembering you the rest of my life (pause) I Thank You! (to Chorus)

Update from I17 fires yesterday ---

Regarding the fire along I 17... One N. Bound Ln. now open...


YCSO Seeking Burglary/Theft/Stolen Vehicle Suspects – Suspect vehicle involved in pursuit... Please remember, do not leave valuables in unattended cars especially parked in public places. It is typical of suspects to monitor Trail head’s for vehicles that have just parked, knowing that the occupants will be gone for a long period of time.

4PM - I 17 fires detour update - Update from ADOT on I17 detour -- Southbound drivers may take SR 260 through Payson to SR 87. Northbound drivers, may use SR 169 through Prescott to SR 89 northbound to I-40 eastbound to reach #Flagstaff. Plz avoid SR 89A near Jerome.

Video from the fire scene along I 17

Just issued by US Forest Service -- 2 Small Fires on I-17, South of Hwy 260 Prescott, AZ (June 26, 2018) –Firefighters are working to contain the 3 acre Pinto Fire and 5 acre Copper Fire that are burning along I-17, south of Highway 260 at mile marker 283. The cause of both fires are under investigation. However, roadside fires can be caused by dragging chains or a carelessly tossed cigarette. Arizona Department of Transportation has closed both southbound and northbound traffic on I-17 between HWY 260 and HWY 169. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at AZ511, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter Feed, @ArizonaDOT. Resources assigned: 1 – Type I Crew, 1 – Fuels Crew, 2- Type II Crews, 4 – Engines, 2 – Helicopters. REMINDER One less Spark, One less Wildfire Pausing or parking a car or truck in tall grass or over shrubs can start fires. This not only may damage your vehicle but may also start a quickly moving fire. Do not park where vegetation is touching the underside of your vehicle. Also be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; safety chains or other trailer equipment must not drag or dangle; these can get hot or create sparks causing not just one but multiple wildfires. Look behind you as your driving to make sure all is well. It's always a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher.

3:10 PM -- Cherry Road will be closed to through traffic from Highway 169 2:35 PM - updated map regarding detour due to I 17 closure --

YCSO K9 featured in national publication --

Posted by ADOT at 11:45 PM- Expect a 40-minute travel time for the 10-mile backup on I-17 northbound because of a brush fire north of Black Canyon City. Only 1 lane is open at milepost 248. #aztraffic

I 17 restriction due to fire...

Prescott Homicide Suspect in-custody... Her false statements caused the search for a suspect in the ‘Rimrock area yesterday. — Please remember as you read through the press release from the Prescott Police Department, the intensive search by the Sheriff's Office, DPS, and assisting agencies was based on the information provided at the time. The safety of your community was paramount throughout the day, thus the all resources necessary were used in attempt to capture the individual identified. We thank the community for your cooperation. ________________________________________ MEDIA RELEASE PRESCOTT POLICE DEPARTMENT Debora Black Chief of Police David L. Fuller #53 Lead Police Officer/PIO (928) 777-1915 June 22, 2018 Homicide Investigation The Prescott Police Department has been actively investigating a homicide at a Prescott residence located in the 1500 Block Southview Drive. On June 21st, 2018 at approximately 11:50 am a call was received from the Arizona Department of Public Safety advising they located a vehicle on Interstate 17 at Highway 179 which was occupied by a lone female subject whose hands were tied to the steering wheel and reported that she had been kidnapped from her residence in Prescott. DPS requested Prescott Officers conduct a welfare check at the home on Southview Drive. Upon making entry, a deceased male subject was located inside the residence. He was later identified as 66 year old Prescott resident Jay Michael Freeman. The female subject was identified as 57 year old Prescott resident Sharalyn Stura. Ms Stura reported to officers that an unknown suspect kidnapped her from her residence and forced her to drive to an area near Montezuma’s Well in the Rimrock area. Ms. Stura told officers she was able to escape and drive away from the area. Ms Stura stated that she drove toward the area of Interstate 17 and Highway 179 seeking help when a passerby finally stopped to assist her. Ms. Stura indicated that the suspect that kidnapped her was armed and fled on foot in the area around Montezuma’s Well and the Beaver Creek area just north of Rimrock. This information resulted in an extensive, coordinated search effort for the suspect involving several law enforcement agencies. Prescott Police Detectives assumed the investigation and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Evidence gathered at the residence as well as an interview of Ms Stura revealed conflicting information in Ms. Stura’s account of what had occurred. It was determined that the story provided by Stura concerning the kidnapping and suspect at large was completely fabricated. Stura admitted her involvement in the homicide and was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of 1st Degree Murder. There are no suspects currently outstanding. The Prescott Police Department would like to thank Sheriff Mascher and all members of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Department of Public Safety for their assistance and dedication of resources to this incident. All efforts taken in the Montezuma’s Well and Rim Rock areas were made based on the information provided by what appeared to be a legitimate account of a serious violent crime. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the residents of that area, as we were proceeding with the utmost concern for their safety.

Within the hour, the Sheriff's Office expects an update on the homicide investigation in Prescott and related search in the Rimrock area yesterday. Thank You

6PM update -- After an exhaustive search and follow-up on several leads, the suspect has not been located and is believed to no longer remain in the vicinity. Deputies will provide special patrol in the area throughout the night as a precaution. YCSO is assisting the Prescott Police Department with their homicide investigation, and any pertinent updates on a search for the suspect will be shared. The community is asked to stay alert and report any suspicious circumstances related to this investigation. Thank You.

Information from the Daily Courier on the homicide investigation Prescott which has been linked to the search effort for a suspect in Rimrock. http://m.dcourier.com/news/2018/jun/21/prescott-pd-actively-investigating-murder-scene/

ALERT!!! - SEARCH FOR HOMICIDE SUSPECT - RIMROCK AREA --- The Sheriff’s Office is assisting DPS and other local agencies in the search for a homicide suspect from an incident in the Prescott area. The search area is currently in a remote area north/east of Rimrock in the Montezuma Well area. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a black or blue shirt, black shorts and possibly black gloves. HE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. FOR RESIDENTS/MOTORISTS IN THIS AREA - PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH SUSPECT.. DO NOT PICK UP HITCH HIKERS!!!! CALL 911 IF YOU SEE THE SUSPECT. Please stay out of the area --- Note – the cadre of Sheriff’s units driving with lights and sirens in local communities are Special Weapons Teams – They will become part of the search effort. A Code Red, emergency notification, has been issued for the general search area.

89 lane restrictions by the Prescott Airport --

YCSO Seeking whereabouts of Teen/Probationer – Suspect arrested for Hindering Prosecution in this case

K9 Park - training

Small plane crash Northwest of Wickenburg --- Update at 8 45 pm from the FAA- UPDATE with additional preliminary information: The pilot was flying from Scottsdale Municipal Airport to Lake Havasu City Airport when the engine failed. The pilot deployed the aircraft parachute. After landing the aircraft caught fire and was destroyed. Please ask local authorities about the conditions of the pilot and passenger. The aircraft tail number is N764CT. The FAA and NTSB will investigate. ———-Initial post... From the FAA – A single-engine Cirrus SR22 crashed under unknown circumstances around 11:40 a.m. about 24 miles northwest of Wickenburg. From YCSO – Deputies have indicated the plane contained 2 occupants. One was flown from the scene to a Phoenix area hospital. The other occupant did not require medical attention. The crash occurred in a very remote area – deputies were on foot to reach the crash site. The crash site is west of Highway 71, north of the Aguila community. See the attached map. The FAA is investigating.

Please remember regarding fire restrictions...

Firefighters Appear to be getting a handle on this fire along 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona. There are limited lane closures in the area. Note the update from ADOT sent around 5:15 PM. Initial reports indicate no structures involved.