Officers arrest homicide suspect after short stand-offPosted: Updated:
PRESCOTT VALLEY - The following is a press release from the Prescott Valley Police Department:
On August 30 at approximately 12:37 P.M. Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to the 4800 block of Hacienda Lane for an open 911 line.?
Dispatch also received another call reference a subject in that residence who had possibly made threats to commit suicide by cop.
Officers set up a perimeter on the residence.? The occupant of the residence refused to come out for police.
The Prescott Valley Police Special Response Team was called to assist with the safe detention/apprehension of the suspect inside. SRT Operators delivered a throw phone into the residence.
Negotiators convinced the suspect, identified as 59 year old Calvin Turhan Divens, to surrender to police.? Divens made statements to the negotiator that he killed the other occupant of the residence.? That person was later identified as 58 year old John Steven Chance of Prescott Valley.
When Officers entered the residence they located Chance inside the garage area of the house.? Chance suffered fatal wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy for further information on a cause and manner of death for Chance.
Divens was interviewed by investigators at the Prescott Valley Police Operations Building.? Divens made several incriminating statements relating to Chance's death.?
Divens was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde for one count of 1st degree homicide.
Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is still on going.