MCSO deputy kills man in Bullhead City

KINGMAN - A Mohave County Sheriff's deputy has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a Fort Mohave man who had reportedly made threats about killing himself and someone else.

The incident happened Tuesday in the parking lot of a business located in the 4800 block of South Highway 95 in Bullhead City. Deputies had responded to the location after receiving a 911 call made by the man from a payphone.

Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the deputy, identified as K-9 Handler Sean Watson, was the first person on the scene. Watson said the man charged at him with a knife, at which point he fired his service weapon.

The man, identified as as 47-year-old Michael Alan Thomas, was transported to Valley View Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said Thomas was originally from Alaska and spent the last few years in Carson City, Nev., before moving to Fort Mohave about a one month ago.

Watson has been with the Sheriff's Office for more than six years. He and his K-9 partner, Colt, recently took home first and second place awards at the K-9 competition at the Arizona State Fair. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard in all fatal shootings.

The Bullhead City Police Department will handle the investigation into the shooting.