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Boise family involved in Arizona melee indicted

A fight that involved a large Boise family at a Wal-Mart in Arizona — resulting in one person’s death and two others injured by gunshots — has led to a grand jury indictment of five of the family members.

The indictment, filed March 27, charges:

- David Gaver, 18, with 16 counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of hindering prosecution, one count of riot and four counts of disorderly conduct.

- Jeremiah Gaver, 29, with four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of hindering prosecution, one count of riot, one count of assault and three counts of disorderly conduct.

- Nathaniel Gaver, 27, with four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of hindering prosecution, one count of riot, one count of assault and three counts of disorderly conduct.

- Ruth Gaver, 52, with one count of aggravated assault, one count of resisting arrest, one count of riot and one count of resisting arrest.

- Peter Gaver, 55, with one count of resisting arrest and one count of hindering prosecution.

Two juvenile members of the family who were arrested at the same time have also both been charged in connection with the fight. One faces one count each of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and riot; the other’s charges are identical except for five total counts of aggravated assault, according to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

The next court hearing for the five is set for April 6, according to the attorney’s office.

The fight at the Wal-Mart happened March 21 in Cottonwood, Ariz., a small town about 100 miles north of Phoenix. The family had reportedly been staying outside the Cottonwood store for several days, living in an Chevrolet Suburban SUV with Idaho plates.

According to law enforcement, the incident began when one of the family members shoved a female store employee as she attempted to enter a restroom. Police responded and family members allegedly attacked them in the parking lot, including a struggle for an officer’s gun.

Arizona media have followed the case closely. The Arizona Republic, citing a redacted court document, reports that one member of the family may have disarmed the first officer to arrive. According to the paper, Nathan Gaver told police that the restroom dispute involved a man attempting to enter the restroom while their mother was inside it.

One police officer, Sgt. Jeremy Daniels, 31, was shot in the leg, but is expected to make a full recovery. A Wal-Mart employee and seven other police officers suffered minor injuries, according to investigators.

David Gaver was shot in the abdomen and was treated at a hospital before being arrested. Enoch Gaver, 21, was shot to death during the fight.

It was not clear why the Idaho family was in Arizona, but a Facebook account appearing to belong to Peter Gaver stated the family left Boise in February in search of work, a better climate and opportunities to spread their Christian faith.

On April 8, reports the Verde Independent, Cottonwood police will honor a Wal-Mart employee and two other bystanders who helped police during the fight.

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