Update: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Officer-Involved Shooting 

Published by The Bee News

March 25, 2021

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Update: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Officer-Involved Shooting 

The Kingman Police Department is continuing the investigation into an officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred in Dolan Springs on Sunday, March 7th. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputy involved is Deputy Kyle Bridgman, a 5-year officer.  The investigation revealed that Deputy Bridgman gave multiple commands to Davie Kuihana Ahuna who was resisting arrest and struck the deputy multiple times in the head and face with his fists and blunt objects. Deputy Bridgman fired one shot striking Ahuna. Deputy Bridgman continued to hold Ahuna at gun point while waiting for other deputies to arrive. Ahuna ignored Bridgman’s commands and his attempts to render aid. Other deputies arrived and Ahuna continued to be non-compliant and resist; less lethal means were subsequently deployed and Ahuna was taken into custody.

The shooting incident was recorded on an Axon body-worn camera. The Kingman Police Department is releasing the body-worn camera footage from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputy-involved shooting which occurred March 7th in Dolan Springs. The investigation remains on-going pending a review by the Mohave County Attorney’s Office. No further details will be released at this time.

Link to body-worn camera video https://youtu.be/FM-JbK943cA

(WARNING: This video contains graphic images that may be harmful to some viewers. Please watch at your own discretion.)

Previous Media Release from 3.9.21

** Deputy Involved Shooting Update **

The Kingman Police Department is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred in Dolan Springs on Sunday, March 7th.

On Sunday, at about 4:30am, a Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a domestic disturbance in the 6900blk of Stirrup Circle in Dolan Springs. During the investigation it was determined that Davie Kuihana Ahuna, 37 of Dolan Springs, was going to be arrested for charges of criminal domestic violence. While being taken into custody Ahuna began to resist and fight with the deputy.  Ahuna is reported to have struck the deputy multiple times to the head and face with his fists and blunt objects. During this time the deputy drew and fired his weapon, shooting Ahuna.   As additional deputies arrived, Ahuna was non-compliant and continued to resist.  Deputies deployed less lethal means, after which Ahuna was taken into custody without further incident.  Ahuna was subsequently transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he was treated for serious non-life threatening injuries.  The deputy was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center by a fellow deputy, where he was treated for his injuries.  Ahuna was treated and released from the hospital at which time he was booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility on charges of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer.

The deputy, who was treated and released for his non-life threatening injuries, remains on administrative leave.

The investigation by KPD detectives is on-going.  It is standard protocol for an uninvolved agency to conduct the criminal investigation of an officer (deputy) involved shooting.

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