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10/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
MCSO: Man found in burned out house took his own life

KINGMAN - The Fort Mohave man whose body was found in a burned out house Oct. 6 died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives and Fort Mohave fire investigators determined Curtis Duane Johnson, 53, was on his bed when he died after setting his mattress on fire and then shooting himself in the head with his own handgun, which was on the bed and next to the body when firefighters responded to Johnson's home in the 4300 block of Amanda Avenue.

Investigators discovered Johnson used gasoline as an accelerant.

The fatality was the second involving a house fire in Fort Mohave this year.

In May, an elderly man living in the 4500 block of Calle Ranchita burned to death in an afternoon fire that destroyed his home.

Firefighters found the body of Jack Dorwen Salley, 86, inside the home.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013
Article comment by: douglas stooart

I'm not exactly sure what "Was It Murder?" is saying, but if you're saying the family took out a policy on the victim and the family was trying to collect on the policy, and if the victim took out a gun and shot himself so the policy wouldn't pay off, this implies first, that the bed was set on fire by someone other than the victim and that, with enough free movement of hands, the victim had defied all human instinct for survival from death by fire and was focused solely on revenge prior to his death. So he shoots himself? Highly unlikely.
Also, I don't know what evidence you're referring to that he himself poured the gasoline (or that insurance was even an issue for that matter) but f you're going to blow your brains out with a gun anyway, why bother burning yourself up also? So you can suffer more pain? Suicide usually expresses itself in a single form. The objective is to end your pain not compound it. Something stinks here.

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013
Article comment by: Too Hort

"Suicide nullifies any claims"

Wrong. Most life insurance policies have will pay on suicide after a set length of time after the purchase of the policy.

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Article comment by: Was it murder?

Apparently they have found evidence that he actually poured the gasoline.
If the family was set to get any life insurance, a person may try to make it look like a murder or accident. Suicide nullifies any claims.

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Article comment by: R Stoodabaker

He's going to light his mattress on fire and then shoot himself in the head? What would be the point? Destroying evidence? What does he care, he's dead? This is just another example of a lazy and incompetent police force taking the path of least resistance. Mmmmm. I smell donuts.

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
Article comment by: Colleen Famoso


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