ARIZONA CITY — A 33-year-old man recently was placed on probation after pleading guilty to stabbing a dog and not complying with demands during a chaotic standoff with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
Benjamin Cotman was placed on supervised probation for three years on April 22 in Pinal County Superior Court. He had previously pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a Class 6 felony, and animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Public records show a family member contacted PCSO on May 8, 2018 to report Cotman for stabbing a pit bull. Deputies responded to an Arizona City residence and Cotman allegedly refused to exit the home, claiming to have weapons.
More deputies responded to the 10000 block of West Carousel Drive and Cotman refused to show himself. Family members told PCSO they wanted Cotman removed from the home.
“He made statements that he wanted the deputies to shoot him and that he wanted to die in the laundry room,” PCSO wrote in court documents.
One hour later, deputies forced their way inside and deployed a bean-bag gun at Cotman. After subduing him, deputies noted Cotman had cut himself with a box cutter along his neck. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.
A family member later told authorities Cotman had gotten annoyed earlier that day after a dog outside kept barking. The witness alleged seeing Cotman go into the backyard with a knife and later heard one of the dogs crying.
Cotman told the Pinal County Adult Probation Department he was struggling with mental health problems at the time due to the death of his 3-year-old daughter, public records show. He told the agency he was taking medication and undergoing treatment for his condition.