Sgt. David Blalock and Officer Jared Meredith were the officers who responded to the call about an allegedly suicidal person in the 1900 block of E. Granite Dells Road on Feb. 11.
According to a release from Chief Don Engler of the P.P.D., initial information was received at 9:21 p.m., Feb. 11. The reporting party indicated they had had contact with Jacque Rosholm and she was making threats of suicide during a telephone conversation. As the party had continued talking with Rosholm, they heard what they believed to be a gun shot from a weapon, and the phone was then hung up.
No further contact could be made with Rosholm. It was further stated by the initial reporting party that in their opinion Rosholm was intoxicated, Engler said.
Officers were immediately dispatched to the area. Medical services were also dispatched to stand by in the area. Officers made an approach to the residence and began checking the exterior.
As Blalock and Meredith began their approach on the east side of the residence they observed a female with a weapon on the east exterior deck of the residence. The officers provided commands to the female who failed to respond to those commands and turned on the officers with a weapon. At that point Blalock and Meredith fired their service weapons in response to that threat. Officers were further able to secure the area and summoned medical assistance for Rosholm.
She was ultimately transported by Native Air to Scottsdale Osborne Hospital in Scottsdale.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety was summoned to conduct the Officer Involved Shooting investigation, which is standard procedure for the Payson Police Department. Blalock and Meredith were both placed on paid administrative leave during the initial portion of the investigation, which is also standard procedure regarding these types of incidents.
Rosholm received treatment over the next several days at the Scottsdale Osborne Hospital and is now reportedly in stable condition.
Additional information will be published as it becomes available.