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1/14/2013 9:58:00 PM
Man found dead after standoff with Prescott Valley police
The Daily Courier


A 55-year-old Prescott Valley man was found dead in his home early Sunday after a 6-hour stand off with Prescott Valley police officers following a fight with his son that started Saturday evening.

At 9:24 p.m. Saturday, Prescott Valley police officers answered a call about a verbal and physical fight at a home in the 7600 block of Las Palmas between Peter Martin Somerlik, 55, and his 18-year-old son.

"It was reported that Peter Somerlik pointed a gun at the victim's face during the incident," Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. "At one point Peter Somerlik reportedly came to the front door, but retreated back into the residence without exiting."

Officers set up a perimeter and tried to talk Somerlik into leaving the home, but he refused to come out, then told officers he had done nothing wrong and would kill himself before he would let officers arrest him, Bonney said.

No hostages were reported, Bonney said.

Over several hours, Prescott Valley SWAT tried to speak and negotiate with Somerlik, but he did not respond, Bonney said.

A man who lives nearby said he heard officers on loudspeakers telling someone to come out of the front door of their house and thought he heard shots fired.

"There have been reports that shots were fired during this incident," Bonney said, adding that, at one point, officers did fire gas into the home.

When SWAT entered the home around 4 a.m., they found Somerlik dead inside with a gun in his hand, Bonney said.

All indications are that Somerlik took his own life, but the cause and manner of death will be determined by officials at the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office, Bonney said.

The following day officers were called back to the residence for shots fired, and found the victim of the original incident at the home.

The victim told officers he allegedly found a firearm and accidentally fired a round from the weapon while handling it that did not injure anyone, Bonney said.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: steven rowe

Hello, I live in Sydney a friend of mine sent me the link to the article. Apparently he lives extremely close to the place this happened and spent most of the night on the floor in case a bullet went through the walls.
I have one thing to say, how sad and how tragic that this can happen between a father and son.
What ever happened to LOVE. I feel a part of me dies every time I read things like this


Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Bored to comment

Hey Hooty,
You seem to have nothing better to do than comment on everything under the sun like a lonely old lady. I thought Tom Steele was bad, but at least he has some class, and manages to make a good point once in a blue moon.


Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty What?

What kind of jibberish is spewing from your brain? Not only did you NOT make any sense, but its at the expense of a family tragedy. Stay Classy!

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Gee, isn't it wonderful to have a pistol around at a time like that? Everybody's ticked off, the cops are shouting with bullhorns. What's a guy to do, go to jail?



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