CLARKDALE, Arizona – A father was shot dead by an Arizona police officer after he severely beat his 4-year-old son to death with an electric guitar, police said.
The Clarkdale Police Department posted to their Facebook page, saying that the boy was pronounced dead from severe head injuries.
The suspect, 33-year-old Joshua David Hernandez Lord, hit his son in the head causing numerous skull fractures. The suspect also hit his 51-year-old mother in the head, fracturing her skull as well.
An officer responded to the scene and used a taser to stop Lord, which was not effective.
Lord was carrying the guitar used in the attack, grabbed a knife and threatened the officer.
The officer then shot Lord, who was pronounced dead at the scene.