Family speaks out as new details emerge in YCSO officer-involved shooting case

We're learning more about the man killed during an officer-involved shooting in Cottonwood over the weekend.

It turns out he's had some past brushes with the law, including a charge for assaulting a police officer. 

His family admits that they realize he has a criminal background, but they want to know exactly what happened.  They're asking, why did he have to die?

The family is devastated and at this point, they feel like they have more questions than answers, but the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says their deputy fired his weapon fearing for his life.

In a media release, YCSO says the shooting happened after a chase and a fight.  The deputy was not wearing a body camera.

A loving uncle, a good brother, with a troubled past.  That's how Savannah Felix describes her late brother, 18-year-old Ebin Proctor.

The unarmed teen was shot and killed by a YCSO deputy on May 30th around 4:00 a.m.

"It's hard.. the officer can say whatever he wants and no one can say the only other thing people heard was the gunshots, so he can say whatever he wants," said Felix.

YCSO says Deputy Steven Gorman, a 2-year veteran of the department, shot Proctor, fearing for his life.

It happened following a traffic stop in a residential community in Cottonwood.  Proctor ran from a Jeep, Gorman pursued him until catching him in a nearby backyard.  According to investigators, that's where the deputy tased Proctor and used pepper spray; both ineffective.

Proctor allegedly continued to fight and tried to get a hold of Gorman's gun before the deputy shot him.

Investigators also say last year, Proctor pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a Chino Valley Police officer.  There was a warrant for his arrest for violating probation.

"He wasn't perfect and I know that I know he was running from the law, I know that," said Felix.

Still, his sister says Proctor's criminal past doesn't reflect the man she knows.

"I don't give him an excuse for that. I feel if it was between letting him go and killing him, they could have easily caught him another time."

YCSO says they are in the process of implementing a body camera program. 

The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fight and is on administrative leave while he recovers.

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