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The Kingman Police officer who was shot and wounded in a deadly confrontation while serving a search warrant Thursday has been identified as veteran Detective Dennis Gilbert, 57, who remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Gilbert and Detective Nicholas Schmitz, 27, both fired their duty weapons at Jeffrey Clair Cave, 53, a longtime Kingman resident. Cave died at the scene. Both Gilbert and Schmitz are on routine administrative leave while the Bullhead City Police Department investigates the incident, according to Emily Fromelt, that department’s spokeswoman.
Fromelt said Lt. James Brice, 58, narrowly escaped injury when a bullet allegedly fired by Cave passed through his clothing, but did not strike him.
The officers were wearing body armor and gear when they served a stolen property search warrant at Cave’s home in the 1800 block of Miami Avenue sometime after 9:30 a.m.
While the warrant involved a stolen gun Cave allegedly possessed, it was not the weapon he reportedly fired at officers, said Fromelt.
Cave, she said, was home alone.
Gilbert joined KPD 17 years ago, after spending 20 years in the Marine Corps. Schmitz has been with the department for three and a half years, after serving two and a half years as an officer in Flagstaff.
Brice is a 25-year KPD veteran.
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