Kingman Police detectives are conducting a criminal investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, May 13th, at about 12:30pm, in the area of Shaeffer Ave. and Norrie Dr. The involved officer is a deputy with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, wherein a 50-year-old Kingman man was killed. The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but may have been self-inflicted.
Earlier in the day Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives attempted to make a traffic stop on a black in color Chevrolet Suburban. The driver of the Suburban fled, refusing to stop. Later, an MCSO deputy observed a vehicle matching this description in the area of Tommie Dr., driving erratically. At one point the suspect driver stopped and exited the vehicle armed with a handgun. The driver refused the deputy’s commands and allegedly pointed the handgun at the deputy. The deputy did not fire at the suspect. The suspect did not shoot at the deputy and continued to walk through the neighborhood holding the handgun. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect holding the gun to his own head.
A second deputy attempted to confront the suspect in the area of Shaeffer Ave. and Norrie Dr. At this point the suspect allegedly pointed the handgun at the deputy. The deputy discharged his firearm at the suspect several times. The suspect continued to flee on foot. The suspect was found nearby, deceased. The suspect had multiple bullet wounds, one possibly being self-inflicted.
Per standard procedure the deputy who fired at the suspect has been placed on administrative leave. The suspect’s identity is not being released pending next of kin notification.
No further information is being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.