A Lake Havasu City man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning.
The man was identified as Brent C. Bowdon, 56, of Patagonia, Arizona, according to Kingman Police Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Sochocki. Kingman police are investigating the shooting by Lake Havasu City officers.
Sochocki said the identities of the three officers involved in the shooting aren’t yet being revealed.
A cul-de-sac was closed Wednesday as officers examined the scene of the shooting incident on the 2600 block of Rainbow Lane. Officers were dispatched to the area shortly before 3 a.m. in reference to a domestic disturbance, after receiving an open 911 call from a residence. According to a Lake Havasu City press release, a man and woman could be heard screaming during the call.
Officers arrived within minutes and attempted to contact one of the involved parties, city officials said Wednesday. A man at the scene said he was armed, according to initial reports, and he refused to show his hands to officers.
Three Havasu police officers fired on the unidentified man, and paramedics were dispatched. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured during the incident, city officials said.
Robert Norfolk, who lives on Rainbow Lane, heard the incident from his bedroom window.
“It seemed like a domestic disturbance,” Norfolk said. “The cops showed up and a woman walked toward them. Then a man started walking toward them … the police kept telling him, ‘put the gun down’, ‘show us your hands’. He refused and kept approaching.”
The three officers will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.
The shooting will be investigated by the Kingman Police Department, and more information will be released to the public as it becomes available.
Wednesday’s shooting was the eighth such use of deadly force by Lake Havasu City Police officers since Havasu’s first officer-involved shooting in 2004. One officer-involved shooting has occurred in Havasu every two years for the past 14 years.
• In 2016, police shot Devin Scott, 20, after he reportedly approached officers with a knife during a domestic disturbance call.
• In 2014, Justin Roady, 33, was shot and killed by Havasu police after they responded to reports of gunshots near his home on Silversmith Drive.
• In 2012, Danny Haskell, 39, died after he was shot by an officer at his home on Lost Dutchman Drive. Haskell also had his own gun pointed at his head during the ordeal, and he fired at himself. Both shots were determined to be fatal in autopsy reports.
• In 2010, Havasu resident Peter Franz, 46, was killed after he approached officers with an AR 15 rifle, acting delusional and disoriented. Eighteen shots were fired in the incident.
• In 2008, Troy R. Young, 38, was killed by police after he pointed a semi-automatic handgun at officers. He was hit four times, according to reports.
• In 2006, Franklin Ferguson, 36, shot at police after a lengthy car chase through town before being shot three times and killed by police officers at a home on Magnolia Drive.
• Havasu’s first officer-involved shooting resulting in a fatality was in 2004, when Michael Scott Judge, 34, drew a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun while being contacted by police as he walked along State Route 95.
According to past statements by police officials, officers are trained in the use of firearms and appropriate situations in which to use deadly force. Officers are required to attend tactical firearms training each year, including live firearms drills. The training is intense, police officials have said, and require officers to make split-second decisions while assessing threats at the scene of a crime or incident.
Any officer found to have used such force improperly can be required to obtain additional training, except in more severe situations. Officers may be suspended, have their employment terminated or face criminal charges if found guilty of committing a crime.
Investigation into officer-involved shootings by Lake Havasu City Police officers are delegated to outside law enforcement agencies as a matter of procedure. In the past 10 years, no officer in Havasu has been found to have wrongfully applied deadly force.