A shocking video was released by police in Arizona, showing a brawl between a traveling family from Idaho and a group of cops that quickly turned chaotic — and then deadly. The dash cam footage was released by the Cottonwood Police Department on Friday.
The incident happened on March 21st, in parking lot of the Cottonwood Walmart. Police were responding to a call about a Walmart employee being assaulted as she entered the restroom.
When law enforcement confronted the people who were identified as suspects, now known as the Gaver family, they weren’t being cooperative at all.
— Idaho Statesman (@IdahoStatesman) April 11, 2015
In the video, one officer is heard calmly explaining to family members that “we need to separate these folks and talk to them.” To which one of the Gavers responds, “No, you’re not going to separate me and my family.”
As NBC News reported, things quickly escalated from that point:
When officers arrived, the suspects — identified by police as members of the Gaver family — were in the parking lot attacking a second store employee, and immediately began attacking officers who tried to break up the melee, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.
An officer identified as Officer Rick Hicks appears to shoot one man in the stomach before fatally shooting a man on top of Daniels.
Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning said Daniels was disarmed and shot in the leg by Enoch Gaver, 21, who was in turn shot and killed by Hicks after Hicks shot David Gaver, 28.
During the nearly 6 minute melee, the officers repeatedly tell the Gaver family members to “get down,” which they ignore and continue to fight back against the officers.
Here are the charges:
Police charged four members of the family with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Two minors were also taken into custody and are being held at a juvenile detention facility.
On Twitter, some thought the Gaver family were thugs:
More on the Gaver thug family that attacked police officers in Arizona. http://t.co/dsZ7oyssCH
— Norma Earls (@ginnypub1) April 11, 2015
Others could not believe how much restraint was shown by the police:
— Beachpig (@beachpig) April 11, 2015
According to AZ Family, the Gaver family were part of a traveling band called Matthew 24 Now and were living out of their SUV.
However, other Christians aren’t identifying with the Gaver family. One woman posted to Matthew 24 Now’s Facebook page: