Christian band in shooting: one dies
Enoch Gaver, a 21-year-old member of an Arizona Christian street band – Matthew 24 Now, which apparently refers to the second coming of Christ – died in a shootout with police outside a Walmart at the weekend.
According to this report, police were called to the Cottonwood branch of Walmart after band members, all part of the Gaver family, were involved in an altercation with the store staff over the use of a toilet.
It is alleged that first Cottonwood police officer to arrive at the Walmart parking lot was immediately attacked and disarmed by one of the Gavers.
A second officer who arrived on the scene reported hearing the first officer say, “they got my gun,” as he confronted five members of the family in the parking lot. He also heard someone say, “stop or get shot”.
A court document said David Gaver approached, was shot and fell to the ground. Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, a 10-year veteran, was shot in the leg.
Enoch Gaver was shot in the head during the melee and died from his injuries.
Bart Graves, a police spokesman, said the shootings occurred after someone attempted to take an officer’s gun and that an ensuing fight involved eight police officers and a Walmart loss-prevention officer, who went into the parking lot in an attempt to help. The officers suffered cuts, bruises and a twisted ankle.
Seven members of the Gaver family were subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault and/or resisting arrest.
The Matthew 24 Now Facebook page includes an August 9, 2014, entry that quotes the Bible and reads as:
For those who are mind controlled: who don’t own their mind/soul any longer, there is only one hope. Trust Yahweh with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straights. Proverbs 3, 5, 6.
The Gavers advertised their band on another website, GigMasters, saying they will perform for $250-$350 within a 10-mile radius of Boise. It said the band is also known as Busking in the Son.
The GigMasters posting reads:
We don’t do events where there is any form of promiscuity.
Stephanie Matlock, a Boise resident and a former copy editor at The Republic, said she remembers the Gavers performing nearly every day outside a Boise supermarket. She said they typically posted a sign with a verse from the Bible. She does not recall the family soliciting donations.
They had their sign, the music was fine, they played pretty well. I’m surprised they are involved in this incident. I am not surprised they did something out of the ordinary.
The defendants are: Jeremiah Gaver, 28, accused of assault of a law-enforcement officer; Nathaniel Gaver, 27, accused of assault of a law-enforcement officer; Peter Gaver, 55, accused of hindering prosecution and resisting arrest; Ruth Gaver, 52, accused of assault of a law-enforcement officer; and David Gaver, who remains hospitalised.
The Gavers’ next court date is scheduled for March 31, according to Dwight D’Evelyn, a spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. He said two juveniles from the Gaver family are in custody at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Facility.