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1/15/2013 8:10:00 AM
Man found dead after standoff with Prescott Valley police
Prescott Valley Tribune

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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