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Clarkdale officer-involved shooting update: 4-year-old boy dies after being struck by father

Posted at 4:50 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 11:56:28-05

CLARKDALE, AZ — Police in Clarkdale, Arizona, say a 4-year-old boy died after he was injured in a domestic dispute that led to an officer-involved shooting last month.

According to Clarkdale Police Department, officers were called to a home after receiving a call about an injured person on Feb. 27.

Police say a responding officer located an injured 4-year-old boy who had been repeatedly struck in the head with a guitar by his father, 33-year-old Joshua David Hernandez Lord.

Officers provided medical attention to the boy, but he died a day later after suffering multiple skull fractures.

The boy’s mother, a 51-year-old woman, was also struck in the head and suffered a skull fracture.

"The 911 calls did not convey the severity of the incident nor the extent of the injuries," police said in a press release.

Police say Lord’s aggressive behavior continued against the officer, who used a Taser ineffectively against the suspect. The officer was then reportedly forced to use lethal force.

Lord was pronounced dead at the scene.

A community meeting is scheduled for March 5 at 6 p.m. regarding the incident. Clarkdale officials say the meeting will be held at Clarkdale-Jerome school and will “provide a platform for information sharing, education of trauma and resiliency, and available resources within the community.”