Man shot by Kingman officer had a pellet gun

Lake Havasu authorities said a man shot by a Kingman Police Officer Saturday night brandished a realistic-looking pellet gun during the encounter.

Lake Havasu Police Sgt. Joe Harrold identified the Kingman Police officer as three-year veteran Evan Hopper.

Hopper is on paid administrative leave while the incident investigated.

The man he shot, John Yard, remained hospitalized Monday with serious injuries.

Yard was shot once in the torso after Hopper reportedly fired two rounds at him.

Hopper was completing an arrest on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop in the parking lot of a business in the 3300 block of Stockton Hill Road around 7:30 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by Yard, Harrold said.

Yard allegedly approached Hopper in a threatening manner while pointing what looked like a handgun at the officer. That's when Hopper fired, Harrold said.

The gun was later determined to be a pellet gun.

Yard, identified by police as a transient, has several previous arrests for disorderly conduct.

He was also cited in 2011 for failure to register as a sex offender.

The Lake Havasu Police Department is the independent agency charged with handling the investigation, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.