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Josiah L. Byard Death – How did Josiah L. Byard die? – cause of death – dead : obituary – tributes

Josiah L. Byard Cause of death – What happened?

  • Date of death: June 10, 2021
  • Death Age: 21-year-old
  • Cause of Death : shot to death

Authorities have identified the armed man shot and killed by officers following a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 near Willcox on June 10.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, a Department of Public Safety trooper observed a silver Chevrolet SUV traveling at about 110 mph on I-10 near Milepost 378 shortly after 3 a.m. The trooper pulled over the SUV.

During the stop, Josiah L. Byard, 21, drove away, and a pursuit began involving the trooper. The driver headed toward Willcox at speeds reaching more than 100 mph, the sheriff’s office said.

Willcox police used spike strips to deflate Byard’s tires near Milepost 344. Even with flat tires the SUV continued to elude officers until a trooper used what is called a “PIT” maneuver to strike the SUV with his patrol car and spin it out of control.

“During the rotation, the driver fired a handgun at the trooper multiple times, striking the trooper’s vehicle and shooting the trooper,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The vehicle came to a stop, and Byard, the sole occupant of the SUV, ran into a nearby neighborhood.

Byard then entered a home where he was provided use of their phone, water and initially offered a ride into town, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A 911 call was made from the residence about Byard’s location after one of the residents believed he arrived from the crash scene where officers were located

Upon arrival, officers found Byard inside a vehicle at the residence.

He was ordered out of the vehicle and came out holding a Glock 31 handgun with a “drum” magazine, which he refused to put down, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers commanded him to drop his gun and when he again refused and opened the front screen door to the home, officers shot him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

First aid was given at the scene, and Byard was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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