YCSO identifies car theft suspect, deputy who shot him

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DEWEY, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the deputy and car theft suspect involved in a deadly altercation in Dewey last week.

According to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, Deputy Jason Morgan, 38, shot Harvey Mullenax, 31, of Glendale, in a commercial parking area early Friday morning.

D'Evelyn said deputies were attempting to locate a stolen vehicle involved in an earlier pursuit with Department of Public Safety officers on Interstate 17. Mullenax apparently had hidden the stolen vehicle just prior to contact with Morgan.

According to investigators, Morgan approached Mullenax, but the man attacked him and entered the driver's side of the patrol vehicle in an apparent effort to escape. During the struggle, the patrol car began moving with the open door striking the deputy.

Morgan then shot Mullenax, who later died at a Phoenix-area hospital.

Morgan sustained significant injuries to his face and upper body. He was released from a Valley hospital on Saturday and has several weeks of recovery ahead of him, according to D'Evelyn.  

The sheriff's office said Mullenax was on active parole out of the Phoenix area at the time of the incident.

Morgan has been with the sheriff's office for 17 years.

The shooting investigation is being handled by DPS.

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