Police Press Release
Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation
Lake Havasu City
The Bullhead City Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on August 19th in Lake Havasu City, AZ. At around noon on Wednesday, a Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to serve an order of protection on a resident, 39-year-old Ronald Stuart Chipman, in the 3300 block of Pocahontas Drive. Chipman reportedly pointed a weapon at the deputy and additional law enforcement were called for assistance.
Chipman barricaded himself inside his residence and refused to comply with officers’ commands. Lake Havasu City Police officers and SWAT team, along with Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies and their SWAT team responded and attempted to communicate with Chipman, who made several irrational statements.
The investigation has revealed that after several hours, Chipman fired multiple shots at officers from within his residence. Lake Havasu City Police officers returned fire, injuring the suspect. No officers were injured.
Chipman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing. It is protocol to have an outside agency investigate an officer-involved shooting incident. Two Lake Havasu City Police officers who discharged their weapons are currently on administrative leave, which is also customary in an officer-involved shooting incident.