FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Flagstaff Police officials have released the name of the officer and the suspect in Monday's officer-involved shooting.
The incident began to unfold Monday afternoon on the 2100 block of E. Route 66, when the officer, identified Tuesday evening as Nick Rubey, made contact with a person on a bicycle that the officer knew had a warrant out for his arrest. That person was identified Tuesday evening as 52-year-old Matthew Dearing. Afterwards, there was fight that resulted in the officer deploying his pepper spray.
Dearing, according to the statement Tuesday, then reached towards his waistline, retrieving an item believed to be a knife. Officer Rubey then ordered Dearing to drop his knife. Dearing then told Officer Rubey he didn't have a knife, and simultaneously deployed a pepper spray at Officer Rubey's face, severely impairing the officer's eyesight. Officer Rubey then fired at Dearing once, striking him in the neck area.
Dearing, according to the statement, was given first aid on scene by Officer Rubey and another officer who arrived after the shooting. Dearing was then taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for emergency treatment, and is now hospitalized and in police custody. Officer Rubey, a 2.5-year veteran of the Flagstaff Police Department, has since been placed on administrative leave, per standard policies and procedures, pending an investigation.
On Tuesday night, Flagstaff Police uploaded body camera video of the officer-involved shooting onto YouTube. The age-restricted video, which is over nine minutes long, blurred out the immediate moments before Dearing was shot, and was laced with profanity.
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