Shotgun blast leads to Kingman arrest

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

KINGMAN - A Golden Valley man was arrested by Kingman Police officers following a manhunt Thursday night after he allegedly fired a shotgun at a vehicle parked in front of a downtown residence.

Joseph Wesley Smith, 30, fled the area and the subsequent search for him included use of a Ranger helicopter manned by the Department of Public Safety and the assistance of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Kingman Police officers took Smith into custody after stopping his pickup at about 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of Harvard Street and Anson Smith Road. A passenger was briefly detained and later released.

KPD officers first responded to the 700 block of Ericson Drive in downtown Kingman after a caller reported a man who might have a gun driving slowly back and forth on the street.

A witness told police Smith fired a shotgun at an older van that was parked on the street.

Police said they found a shotgun in Smith's truck and witnesses identified him as the shooter.

Investigators believe the incident revolved around a dispute between Smith and a former girlfriend.

The DPS helicopter could be spotted flying low over the city Thursday night.

During a search, KPD officers reportedly found in Smith's possession methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

He faces felony charges of weapons misconduct, prohibited possession of a firearm, criminal damage, possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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