Officer Involved Shooting Update

Published by The Bee News

September 10, 2021

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The name of the Mohave County Sheriff’s detective who was shot in the hand during the incident on Tuesday morning at the Maverick Gas Station in  Golden Valley,  is Detective Sergeant David Coffin, age 49. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience.  Sgt. Coffin is currently recovering at home.


Original Press Release

Shooting Involving a

Mohave County Sheriff Deputy

Golden Valley, AZ – September 7, 2021 – The Bullhead City Police Department is investigating a shooting involving a Mohave County Sheriff Deputy that occurred this morning in Golden Valley.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to the Maverick Country Store, 5031 Highway 68, in Golden Valley for a report of an erratic female walking inside the store with a gun in her hand. The responding deputies contacted Brenda Kay Thomas, 51 of Golden Valley, who was uncooperative and combative with police. They were able to take her into custody for disorderly conduct with a weapon and resisting arrest.

 When a MCSO detective escorted her outside in handcuffs, Brenda Thomas somehow grabbed the detective’s duty weapon out of its holster. When the detective felt her grab his gun and tried to stop her, she discharged the weapon and shot him in his hand. Another MCSO deputy on scene tased Brenda Thomas, who was no longer armed with the deputy’s weapon, but continued to be combative. Brenda Thomas was not injured in the shooting.

 The deputy was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries to his hand. Brenda Thomas faces additional charges of attempted second degree homicide. She will be booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman later today. The incident is still under investigation.

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