La Paz County Sheriff

A man described as armed and suicidal was shot and killed by La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies  the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Jay Nesbit, 78, a winter visitor, was shot after he allegedly became aggressive and, when a taser failed to subdue him, he fired a shot from his pistol at deputies.

According to a press release from La Paz County Sheriff’s Capt. Curt Bagby, deputies were dispatched at 8:50 a.m. to the Lazy D Mobile Home Park to assist the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department to assist what was described as an armed, suicidal male subject. The deputies coordinated with CRIT officers and negotiated with Nesbit for over three hours.

“At approximately 1250 hours, Nesbit became more aggressive and one of the La Paz County Deputies deployed a Taser in an attempt subdue the suspect without having to use lethal force,” Bagby said in his press release.  “When the Taser didn’t fully incapacitate the suspect, he (Nesbit), turned his pistol, fired a off a round, nearly striking the Officers/Deputies, forcing another La Paz Deputy to fire his service weapon, striking Nesbit multiple times.”

Nesbit was transported to La Paz Regional Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.  

No officers or deputies were injured in the incident. The matter is being investigated by detectives from Yuma County.


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