St. Johns police chief Daniel Brown is like a lot of top cops in small Arizona towns — short of staff, short of administrative support, and short on crime.

Hate crime is not an issue in St. Johns — population 3,483 as of last year.

But St. Johns hasn't been filing its required reports on the crimes, for at least six years, even though they'd just show a zero.

The department is among five across Arizona that have failed to file FBI hate crime reports every year since 2009, filings that help the Department of Justice and others track the ebb and flow of hate crimes.

Ryan Heinsius

UPDATE, 5:40 p.m. MST:

Authorities have identified a man they say was killed by police after firing a series of shots in Flagstaff and threatening people.

The shooting of 26-year-old Verl Bedonie happened during the Monday morning commute in a residential area a few blocks from downtown Flagstaff.

Police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says Bedonie repeatedly ignored commands to drop his weapon.

At one point, she says Bedonie tried to carjack a vehicle and held the driver at gunpoint, demanding he be taken to Phoenix.

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