Fatal shooting by deputy cleared by outside review

Mohave County deputy's actions ruled 'appropriate'

Blake Allen Barbour

Blake Allen Barbour

KINGMAN - A Mohave County deputy took "appropriate" action in the Aug. 16 shooting death of Blake Barbour, according to Apache County's chief deputy attorney.

Barbour, 43, was shot seven times by Mohave County Deputy Jace Reif. Before shooting, the deputy tried to subdue an agitated Barbour with a Taser and his asp.

"After thorough review ... I have concluded that Deputy Reif's actions were appropriate under the applicable law and policies," wrote Apache County Chief Deputy Attorney C. Allan Perkins in his review of the shooting.

Detectives with the Bullhead City Police Department investigated the officer-involved shooting and the Apache County Attorney's Office reviewed the investigation in an effort to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Daily Miner.