Fatal shooting by KPD was justified

Jeffrey Cave fired at officers during execution of warrant

This body-camera screen capture shows the moment before Jeffrey Cave pointed the gun at officers and fired four shots.

This body-camera screen capture shows the moment before Jeffrey Cave pointed the gun at officers and fired four shots.

KINGMAN – The fatal shooting of Jeffrey Cave, 53, by the Kingman Police Department Sept. 29, was ruled justified by the Mohave County Attorney’s Office Monday.

The Bullhead City Police Department’s investigation was submitted for review to the Mohave County Attorney’s Office. On Nov. 7, they determined the officers were justified in using deadly physical force when they were serving a search warrant for a stolen firearm.

A body-camera video (below) shows Cave standing near the door of his home on Miami Avenue, holding a gun. He pointed the gun at officers and fired four shots. One shot struck KPD Detective Dennis Gilbert. Gilbert and Detective Nick Schmitz fired nine shots, killing Cave. The video clearly shows the officers were justified in using deadly physical force under Arizona statutes.

Gilbert was hit by gunfire and hospitalized. He was released and is still recovering from his injuries while on paid administrative leave. Schmitz is back on duty.

The Cave shooting was the second officer involved shooting by KPD within a month’s time. Paula Dell Phillips, 35, of Kingman, was shot and killed Aug. 29, when she pointed a shotgun at Officer Evan Hooper. That shooting was also ruled justified.

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