Kingman Police take lead role in shooting probe

Kingman detectives are serving as the independent agency charged with investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting that occurred earlier this week in Lake Havasu City.

Lake Havasu City Officer Gregory Melodia, a 12-year police veteran, was placed on routine administrative leave following the shooting, which occurred at an apartment complex in the 3700 block of Lost Dutchman Drive just before 3 a.m. Feb. 1.

Melodia was responding to a 911 call made by a woman who said that her boyfriend, 39-year-old Danny Haskell, was threatening to shoot himself and others, including children in the home. There were 11 people inside the apartment at the time, including five children.

Lake Havasu City Police Sgt. Joe Harrold said officers arrived at the home within three minutes. Haskell had already reportedly fired a gun once into the floor before their arrival.

As officers approached the apartment, Haskell reportedly exited while holding a handgun to his head.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said Haskell ignored commands by officers to stop and drop the gun. Haskell was yelling at officers at which time he began to enter a second apartment, which was occupied by two children.

Cooper said Melodia shot one round, hitting Haskell in the torso. Haskell then reportedly shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Cooper said investigators believe that both gun shot wounds were fatal, with the self-inflicted gun shot to the head being the most immediate.

Haskell had reportedly drunk more than half a bottle of tequila the night of the shooting.

It's not clear how long Melodia will remain on leave.