Rimrock domestic violence suspect arrested for resisting arrest

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RIMROCK - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On October 25, 2008, at approximately 8:00 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported family fight at a residence in the 4800 block of Cochise Drive, Rimrock, Arizona.Upon arrival, deputies contacted 33-year-old Merlin Shawnoskey who was standing near a vehicle at the location. Inside the vehicle were Merlin's wife and a 4-year-old child. She told deputies Merlin had grabbed her around the face and neck and prevented her from leaving the property.

Deputies spoke with Merlin and detected the strong odor of alcohol on his person. He denied striking his wife at any time. Based on the investigation, deputies told Merlin he was being charged with domestic violence assault against his wife. During handcuffing, Merlin resisted deputies by pulling away until restrained and eventually cuffed. Merlin then intentionally slammed his upper body against the patrol vehicle and refused to sit inside. After Merlin learned a stun gun has been deployed to assist in gaining compliance, he cooperated and entered the vehicle. After a few moments seated inside the vehicle, Merlin attempted to kick out a passenger window, damaging the window and door frame.

Medical personnel arrived on scene to check the victim and treat Merlin for any potential injuries. He was then transported to the Camp Verde Jail in a different Sheriff's vehicle and booked on various charges including Domestic Violence Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Damage, and Unlawful Imprisonment. The victim left the scene as she did not require hospitalization.

Merlin had been arrested on October 8th, 2008, for assaulting his wife requiring her to be hospitalized. The status of that case is unknown at this time.

Merlin remains in the County Jail awaiting a Superior Court appearance on November 4th.