Kingman man shot, killed while battling deputy

Report of domestic violence brought officer to scene

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The scene on Packard Avenue after a deputy shot and killed and 43-year-old man Friday morning.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> The scene on Packard Avenue after a deputy shot and killed and 43-year-old man Friday morning.

KINGMAN - The Kingman man who was shot and killed by a Mohave County Sheriff's deputy during a fight Friday morning has been identified as Blake Allen Barbour, 43.

Deputy Jace Reif, 27, an eight-and-a-half-year MCSO veteran, shot Barbour after responding to a domestic violence call at a home in the 2900 block of Packard Avenue, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Details are slim, but it appears Reif shot Barbour during a scuffle in which the suspect got a hold of the deputy's baton and attempted to strike Reif.

Barbour was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center following the 6:15 a.m. shooting and died a short time later.

According to Carter, Barbour lived with his mother on Packard Avenue, but the call originated from the home of his grandmother, who lives next door.

The caller reported Barbour was possibly under the influence of drugs and was acting erratically and threatening family members.

According to Carter, Barbour was combative when Reif arrived. The deputy shot him with his Taser several times, but the non-lethal weapon did not affect him.

Reif and Barbour physically struggled, she said, until Barbour grabbed Reif's baton and moved to strike the deputy. That's when Reif drew his weapon and fired.

Barbour does not appear to have a serious criminal record in Mohave County and lived in the Kingman area for at least the past decade, according to his My Life page on the Internet.

The MCSO requested the Bullhead City Police Department to conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting to ensure impartiality.

Reif has been placed on paid administrative leave. He worked in the Mohave County jail the first five years of his employment before moving to the Patrol Division about three and a half years ago, according to Carter.

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