KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said one of its deputies was not injured when a suspect charged at him with a knife.
Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the deputy stopped 46-year-old Edward Eugene Wilson, 46, of Kingman, while the man was walking on Castle Rock Road near Northern Avenue around 8 a.m. The deputy was responding to a call made by Wilson's mother, who said her son got upset with her and began breaking items in her home before storming out.
Carter said that when ordered to stop by the deputy, Wilson turned and charged at him with a 4-inch folding knife in his hand. The deputy withdrew his Taser, but Carter said the prongs failed to hit Wilson. The deputy then drew his service weapon and ordered Wilson to drop the knife.
Carter said Wilson complied after several demands by the deputy. He was arrested without further incident and booked into the Mohave County Jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault on an officer, along with misdemeanor disorderly conduct per domestic violence and criminal damage per domestic violence.
Sheriff Tom Sheahan praised the deputy's quick reaction in the incident. He said that three deputy-involved shootings in the last seven months demonstrate that deputies are within their rights to use lethal force when confronted by an armed suspect. One of those incidents include the fatal shooting by a deputy of Kingman resident William Bonnee after Bonnee reportedly charged the deputy with a pipe.
Sheahan said that each incident is different and require split-second decision-making by the deputy.
"This suspect is very fortunate that he is alive today," Sheahan said. "When you pull a deadly weapon on a deputy, you are taking your life in your own hands."
Carter said the argument between Wilson and his mother was sparked by her insistence that her unemployed son stop sponging off of her and start looking for work.