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Posted on: August 5, 2019

Investigation of Death and Attempted Stabbing on Hwy89N Near Gray Mountain

Gray Mountain, AZ – On August 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Arizona Department of Public Safety Troopers from Flagstaff responded to Highway 89N near Gray Mountain for a motor vehicle accident, stabbing and death.

The first deputy on scene arrived at 1:34 pm and closed the highway in both directions.  The Deputy observed a male body in the middle of the south bound lane. The Deputy checked for vitals and none were found.  The subject showed signs of multiple injuries and heavy bleeding.  Witnesses advised that a vehicle just south of the location may have been involved and that there was a stabbing victim at the vehicle. 

Investigation revealed a couple out of Arkansas were traveling southbound on Highway 89N when they stopped to assist a vehicle that had possibly been involved in an accident.  When the couple approached the vehicle, a male suspect from that vehicle ran at them with one hand behind his back.

The male suspect armed with a knife jumped on top of the victim’s car and began to break the sunroof.  A struggle ensued between the male passenger and the suspect on top of the car.  The female driver attempted to drive away while the male passenger tried to push the suspect away from the car.  While the victims were trying to drive off and while the two males were struggling, the vehicle swerved. The suspect fell off the top of the car into the roadway where he was located upon arrival of law enforcement.

Victim and witness accounts indicate the vehicle traveled approximately ¼ to ½ mile at estimated speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour before the suspect came off the roof and onto the road way.  The male stabbing victim was treated on scene and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for non-life-threatening wounds to his hands.  The female victim was treated and released on scene by medics. The suspect’s wife was transport to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

This matter is still under investigation by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.  No further information is available at this time.  The Arizona Department of Public Safety will be handling any road closure matters.

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