Investigators say Smith confronted three officers with a knife during a domestic violence call at 5237 Stetson Drive. His wife, who lived with him at that address, was the victim of the alleged domestic violence assault, according to Sgt. Art Askew, of the Prescott Valley Police Department.
Authorities still won't comment on how the suspect threatened the officers with a knife or whether all three officers shot the suspect, pending the ongoing DPS investigation.
Smith died from his injuries that night at Flagstaff Medical Center.
Meanwhile, the three veteran officers involved - Sgt. Jake Jackson, 11 years in law enforcement; Officer Keven O'Hagan, five years in law enforcement; and Officer Tyran Payne, nine years in law enforcement - remain on administrative leave per department policy, Askew said.
"The officers should return to work on Saturday," he added.
At 3:54 p.m. Saturday, officers answered a physical domestic violence call at the suspect's home on Stetson Drive.
After officers confirmed that an assault occurred they tried reach the suspect inside the home by phone, public address system and by knocking on windows, but Smith did not respond, according to Askew.
At 4:15 p.m., Smith allegedly confronted the three officers with a knife and the officers, who were in fear for their lives according to Askew, shot him.
Officers immediately gave first aid to Smith and called firefighters and paramedics. Native Air flew him to Flagstaff Medical Center.
None of the three officers were injured.
Smith had no previous contact with Prescott Valley police, Askew said.