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The La Paz County Sheriff’s Department has not released the name of the man that led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through the county after midnight on Monday morning that led to the death of Sgt. Michael Rudd. But Sheriff William Ponce provided a few additional details about the events and confirmed that the man has been arrested and is in his department’s custody.

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La Paz County lost a deputy in the early morning hours Monday – the first in the line of duty since the office was founded in 1983 – but coworkers and friends say the community also lost a dedicated family man with a wife and six kids, a man of faith, a military veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, an avid outdoorsman, and a moonshine aficionado.

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