FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Authorities have identified 26-year-old Verl Bedoni of Tuba City as the man they say walked into the High County Conference Center on NAU's campus armed with a gun.
Bedoni was killed after leading police on a foot chase that ended in a confrontation in a nearby neighborhood where he fired one round at officers.
The Flagstaff Police Department received a call reporting a Native American man inside the High County Conference Center on Northern Arizona University's campus with what the caller described as a BB gun. Police later determined that the gun was a 9mm handgun.
"We just saw police officers with their guns drawn -- about six of them -- going through the parking lot and hiding in the trees," said Debbie Reese, a guest staying at Drury Inn, located next door to the conference center.
Officers who responded tried to talk to Bedoni. But police say the man was "noncompliant" and pointed his gun at officers causing them to fire.
"[Bedoni] just walked. He was walking very nonchalant. He was not running. Nobody was running," Reese said.
Bedoni headed northwest across Milton Road and into a nearby neighborhood. Police say he fired his weapon while running in an alley and then attempted to carjack a bystander, demanding to be taken to Phoenix.
While Bedoni was still in the car with the bystander, an undercover officer rammed the vehicle to stop him. Bedoni got out of the vehicle, refused to drop his weapon and fired one round at police, who then returned fire and killed him.
"I heard a singular shot followed by some yelling – some sort of a dispute – and then three or four more [shots] in rapid succession," said Andrew Goehring, who lives near where the shooting occurred.
No officers or bystanders were hurt during the shooting. A dog was injured from an officer's bullet that struck a nearby home. An animal ambulance was called and the dog is expected to fully recover after surgery.
Local schools were also put on lockdown.
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