Two Payson police officers involved in the shooting of a woman in February have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said her office has reviewed the findings and concluded that the two officers had no choice in the matter.
"As to the officers, this is a horrible situation with what appears to be an attempt of ‘suicide by cop.' Our review determined the officers were placed in an untenable position. They acted as any reasonable officer would have under same or similar circumstances when confronted with an armed person in a superior firing position with the weapon directed at an officer located in the open and without cover," the county attorney said.
"We actually conducted our review and meeting on it yesterday (June 18) and I just have a few questions for the suspect's (Jacque Rosholm) attorneys to determine her current status prior to concluding our consideration as to any charges against her," Flores said.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has finished its review and report on the Feb. 11 officer-involved shooting of Jacque Rosholm, a Payson veterinarian.
According to the Payson Police Department's initial report, Sgt. David Blalock and Officer Jared Meredith responded to the home of Rosholm on a suicidal person call at about 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11. Rosholm confronted them with a weapon. Shots were fired by the officers. Rosholm was injured and transported to a Valley hospital. The DPS was contacted by the Payson Police Department to assist in the investigation of the circumstances of the shooting.
The officers were placed on leave until DPS had concluded questioning them and resumed their duties in late February.