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8/16/2013 10:41:00 AM
Man dies after being shot by Mohave County deputy
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Kingman man who was shot and killed by a Mohave County Sheriff's deputy during a fight Friday morning has been identified as Blake Allen Barbour, 43.

Deputy Jace Reif, 27, an eight and a half year MCSO veteran, shot Barbour after responding to a domestic violence call at a home in the 2900 block of Packard Avenue, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Details are slim, but it appears the deputy shot the man during a scuffle in which the suspect got a hold of the deputy's baton and attempted to strike him.

According to Carter, relatives of the suspect reported the person was possibly under the influence of drugs and was acting erratically and threatening family members.

The suspect was combative and the deputy tased him several times, which had no apparent effect, according to Carter.

The deputy and the suspect physically struggled, she said. The man grabbed the deputy's baton, said Carter, and attempted to hit him with the weapon. The suspect reportedly ignored several commands to drop the baton before the deputy drew his weapon and fired.

The MCSO requested the Bullhead City Police Department to conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting to ensure impartiality.

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Carter said more information would be made available as the investigation continues.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Play Nice

Exceeded word count limit

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: Throwing Up

I hope God blesses the family and eases their pain. There were no winners in this incident, it is a tragic loss no matter how you look at it. Sorry if I seemed indifferent to the families feelings. They deserve the respect and compassion of this community as well.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Family Member

Although things went crazy and yes I do thank God for the men and women who put their lives on the line for all those who need them. Remember these people have families that loved them and once they were Innocent. Drugs are horrible and make these people do things they would never have done before. Just know this if this were one of your family members how would u deal with the loss. Just remember it says in the bible to love thy enemies and pray for them all.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Barrett

I am a friend of one of the family members of the suspect. While this incident is tragic and was unavoidable we are in shock. We do understand that the MCSO has a job to do and we respect the hard working men and women that serve and protect. Drug's use had alot to do with this. However the family is hurt. Blake was loved by many even with all the demons he struggled with. He will be missed by those who loved him.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

Go for a cop’s weapon, get shot.

It’s always been that way and should always be that way.

The psychology being if an person takes on an armed and trained police officer they are an extreme threat to the public.

I don’t know when the bleeding hearts changed the attitude to even question an officer’s actions in this event.

No one has a “right” or “justification” to combat a police officer in the act of their lawful duties.

You shut up, submit and let the lawyers fight it out.


Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thank You

@throwing up. I couldn't agree more!

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Mc So

Before anyone criticizes the MCSO or KPD, realize we need these fine men & woman to serve & protect us from the criminals, when my family was threatened by the next door neighbor who threaten to shoot us because we pulled into our driveway & headlights hit his house, the MCSO was at my home in mins, ( GV) I feared for their safety confronting this crazy person. This deputy grew up in the community, is not a hothead, I'm sorry he was placed in this situation but he needed to protect himself & others. Thank you law enforcement for protecting us.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Throwing Up

I love how we take the side of drug using criminals who try and beat police officers side over the officers. You should be ashamed of yourself for even saying it. I for one hope the officer is safe and thank him for being courageous enough to defend those who can't defend themselves. God bless the officer and the victims of this crime. For those that condemn him you are the reason society has taken a turn for the worst.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: L J

Yet another drug related crime ending in death. It's got to stop! I'am sure the sheriff's dept. has there hands full trying to get this "outbreak" under control while the BOS ignore it!
It's a Major problem that we all must demand action be taken!




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