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1/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
Shots fired during Kingman chase

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


An incident that started as a simple case of harassment progressed to a car chase and a shooting in less than an hour on Jan. 16.

Around 6:30 p.m. that day, a gold Ford Escort pulled alongside a white truck in the 3200 block of Stockton Hill Road. The driver, 24-year-old Tanner Mussell, and passenger, 21-year-old Kody Bicanek, began cursing at the men in the truck.

Mussell even revved the Escort's engine, but the men in the truck wanted nothing to do with them.

When the truck pulled away, Mussell and Bicanek pulled in behind it and started following, said Kingman Police Department Sgt. Dave Coffin.

Over the course of the next 45 minutes, the driver of the truck drove around Kingman - using side streets when he could - and tried to shake the Escort.

At one point, Mussell allegedly pulled out a .22-caliber rifle and started shooting at the truck's tailgate, Coffin said.

"He hit the tailgate four times," Coffin said.

The men in the truck saw the gun and heard popping but believed it was a paint gun, Coffin said.

When Mussell reportedly rammed the back of the truck with the Escort, the men in the truck decided they had enough and called 911, Coffin explained.

"They called 911 when it became obvious the aggressors weren't going to stop," Coffin said.

Dispatch instructed the men to drive to Big Lots, where KPD intercepted the Escort around 7:20 p.m. and arrested Mussell and Bicanek.

Mussell was charged with drive-by shooting and Bicanek was charged with disorderly conduct.

The police recovered the rifle inside the vehicle, and both of the suspects were booked into the Mohave County Jail.

There appears to be no connection between Mussell and Bicanek and the drivers of the truck, Coffin said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Brittany Whisman

This story seriously covers 40% of what actually happened that night. For you people saying "the guys in the truck should've been armed and fired back.one shot one kill", I'm pretty sure if you're in that situation like my bestfriends were in you would've done the same thing, drove like hell trying to get away. Secondly, a nineteen year old having a gun in his truck? Hmmm. Us as young adults can't even buy a gun nor even hold one in a gun store until we're 21. Your comment is invalid. As for calling the cops, they did. There was actually a cop on Airway driving the other way when the "guy" driving the truck was swerving all over the place going 60plus to get the cops attention. What did the cop do? Just drove by. For the person saying this story is not real and people won't believe it.. there's proof on my best friend's truck. Fine, don't believe two young man were almost killed. Don't believe it, doesn't change the truth, though.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Santa fe Jay

Boo Hoo........Robert day must be a close friend of the "Miner" since they did not post my rebuttal to his post.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Everyone is armed in Sudan

Are you for real? The other drivers just needed to kill the driver? So he could drive head on into the car of the mother and little girl coming the other way? Brilliant thinking.

Maybe we should just put a fence all around Kingman and never let anybody out. Sounds like eventually they'll all road-rage each other to death. Like Somalia.


Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Randy Wells

It's easy to say what you would've done, but the fact is none of you were in the truck being followed. In my experience this is the first time things escalated from a simple race to a chase. A 22. doesn't make a loud noise hitting a tailgate when they're 50 ft. behind you and your listening to music. One of the officers pointed out the bullet holes as for we expected to be paint balls or BB's. BTW i give them props for keeping up with us as long as they did. We took em' for a good ride.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Let me get this straight

the posters on here saying if the truck driver was armed there would have not been a situation. Explain to me how if the driver of the truck opened fire on the ford driver who also had a weapon there wouldn't have been a shoot out in the middle of andy devine or stockton hill at 6:30 at night. How is that a solution!!!! Yes let's arm everyone so in situations like this we can just shoot at one and one other and hope an innocent bystander isn't killed because packing heat is way more important than public safety.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Santa Fe Jay

WOW Robert.........you must either be the manager of the WalMart and you are mad because Big Lots received some free publicity...or.... one of those "WalMartians" that go there every single day and your defending your beloved WalMart! SORRY, Robert, but it is a fact that the parking lot area and "shopping Center" in which Big Lots (along with all the other stores there located within) is much larger than your beloved Walmart.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

Coming from the Los Angeles area and being female, I was always taught that if you think you are being followed, go to the nearest Police Station. Usually the suspect will not turn into the police station.
Once about 3 years ago I was being followed by someone on Stockton Hill Rd, for what reason I have no clue, I pulled into the Home Depot parking lot and did a round about and came back out, knowing this person had to be in front of me now and not harassing me. All the sudden the car was behind me again. I promptly started to drive to KPD and when the person realized what I was doing, they took off, not to be seen again.


Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: ROBERT DAY

WOW WOW NOW LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT IT ALL HAPPENED ON THE JAN 16th A WEDNESDAY NOW TODAY IS TUESDAY THE 22nd I'M NOT SURE WHO'S FAULT FOR THE NEWS OF IT BEING SO LATE MAYBE THE COPS THOUGHT US CITIZENS DIDN'T NEED TO HEAR ABOUT IT SO OON OR THE DAILY MINER IS THE SLOW ONE AND ON THE OTHER NOTE THE PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT THE BIG LOTS MALL AS YOU CALLED IT IS KINGMANS BIGGEST WRONG WE HAVE MORE CUSTOMER TRAFFIC AT WALMART THAN BIG LOTS THAT PLACE THE PARKING LOT IS ALWAYS 3/4 EMPTY

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Not Believable

Are you serious? Only the people of Kingman would fall for such a rediculous story. I'll be waiting for the "real" story to emerge, in the meantime, I found a diamond mine in the foothills of the Haulapai's I would like to sell.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Great police work, Dave! No sense in chasing the morons all over town....Set a trap for them and have dispatch direct the victims to come to your guys...Cool! Too bad you couldn't get them to come to the police station...Then you could walk the suspects right in the front door...

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Only In Kingman

Two guys are getting shot at and they drive around Kingman on side streets for almost an hour before you call for help. Where you looking for a pay phone? Now, you have a guy shooting into a moving truck with a rifle, you call for help and you are instructed to go to a retail store parking lot where unarmed people are shopping so the police can catch them? You bring shooters to the closest thing Kingman has to call a mall to catch them.

What kind of thinking is this?


Only in Kingman!


Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

What? You mean the loser in the gold escort wasn't using an AR-15? Whoa! Stop-the-presses!

Too bad the story didn't end with: "Eventually, the driver of the truck got sic of this stupid punk's attitude and promptly returned fire with a .38 he'd kept next to the seat in case of an event such as this. Mussell & Binacek were pronounced dead at the scene and will no longer cause any problems in our town."

That's how the story would end if it had happened to me. Arm yourselves, Kingmanites. KDP and MCSO do a great job, but they can't be everywhere all the time. It's your responsibility to make yourself the first responder when attacked by losers like these two scumbags.


Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Christine Kinna

Since when is harassment or the act of harassing a vulnerable adult or otherwise, ever simple?

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

I can't wait to read the story a few months from now about how these poor misguided boys get an out of jail free card because it was their first offense and nobody really got hurt so everybody deserves another chance like the guy who discharged a shotgun in a Golden Valley gas station and was not even sited. The gun lobby has more influence in Kingman than the citizens.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

gee ! Do you think drugs were involved?
Lock em up for few yrs, maybe they will get the idea!


Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Santa Fe Jay

Drove around for 45 minutes before calling the police? I would have called after about the third street they followed me on.........as for the police instructions to go to the Big Lots parking lot.....while not being a police officer, I don't understand the logic of having the suspects (who have already fired shots) go to just about the biggest shopping center in town. With all that driving around, I would had them go to a much less populated area....or better yet, stop right in front of the police station.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: The Truck Driver should have fired back

The guys in the truck should have been armed and fired back !! One shot one kill , if we don't stop these dirt bags this will happen again an again. Defend your selfs !!!!!!



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