On May 2, 2016, Sheriff Mascher was notified by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office that Deputy Steven Gorman has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of this suspect. Text from the original media release follows this update.
The County Attorney’s conclusion was based on a review of the Arizona Department of Public Safety shooting investigation report and extensive supplemental documentation submitted. The findings from the County Attorney’s Office state that no evidence exists to indicate any wrongdoing on the part of Deputy Gorman.
The County Attorney’s report has been sent to the Department of Public Safety, Special Investigations Unit. The following comments are taken from County Attorney’s report:
“This office has now completed a thorough review of this material. These types of situations too often end in tragedy and Ebin Proctor’s death is no exception. However, upon review of the investigative file, it is readily apparent that no evidence exists to indicate any criminal wrongdoing on the part of Deputy Steven Gorman of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.”
Regarding the confrontation, the report goes on to say – “The evidence from your investigation indicates that Deputy Gorman did everything he could possibly do during the incident to prevent the resulting outcome. However, Mr. Proctor simply would not comply and forced the deputy to take the action he did to secure his own safety while attempting to apprehend Mr. Proctor. The fact that Mr. Proctor had an active felony warrant and had consumed methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol, although unknown at the time by the deputy, helps explain Mr. Proctor’s conduct in fleeing and fighting with the deputy that night. Mr. Proctor’s conduct clearly escalated a situation that could have been resolved peaceably at several different points during the encounter. By acting the way he did in this volatile situation, Mr. Proctor forced the deputy to take the actions that ultimately resulted in his death. But for his own conduct, Mr. Proctor would be alive.”
Sheriff Mascher would like to thank the DPS investigators and County Attorney’s Office for their detailed review of the circumstances which resulted in affirming Deputy Gorman’s actions were justified. The Sheriff has commended Deputy Gorman for utilizing his training, tactics, and the will to survive in dealing with this violent suspect. The Deputy’s actions also prevented the suspect from further endangering the community had he been able to flee from the scene.
Original release issued June 3, 2015 –
Preliminary Overview of Deputy Involved Shooting – Deputy Identified
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Russell is providing the following preliminary information:
At approximately 4:09 AM on May 30, 2015, 18-year-old Ebin Proctor of Cottonwood was one of 6 occupants in a vehicle stopped by 2 YCSO deputies on Vaquero Lane in Cottonwood. During contact with the deputies, Proctor gave a false identity. It was later determined Proctor was on active felony probation for an incident which occurred on May 22, 2014, where he plead guilty to Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault on a Chino Valley Police Officer. Proctor had violated his probation in this case and a $25,000 felony warrant was issued for his arrest.
A few minutes into the traffic stop, Proctor suddenly ran from the scene. 26-year-old Deputy Steven Gorman, a 2 year veteran of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, initiated a foot pursuit and caught up with Proctor in the back yard of a home on nearby Yuma Circle, at which point Deputy Gorman deployed his Taser which was ineffective. Proctor immediately attacked Deputy Gorman; in an attempt to stop the assault, Deputy Gorman deployed his pepper spray which also proved ineffective. Proctor continued the assault and began struggling to gain control of Deputy Gorman’s firearm while they were on the ground. Fearing for his life, the deputy was forced to shoot Proctor, who died on scene.
Deputy Gorman was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries sustained during the attack. He remains on administrative leave per agency policy while he recovers from his injuries. The shooting investigation is being handled by the Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Unit. The Sheriff’s Office will not comment further on this case while the investigation by DPS is under way. Chief Russell wishes to thank the community for their prayers and support regarding this unfortunate incident.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or question’s at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov