KPD officer involved shooting leaves stabbing suspect dead

The suspect wanted for multiple stabbings in Wikieup was killed by Kingman Police Sunday night on Andy Devine Avenue at Interstate 40.

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The suspect wanted for multiple stabbings in Wikieup was killed by Kingman Police Sunday night on Andy Devine Avenue at Interstate 40.

KINGMAN – A Kingman Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave following the fatal shooting of a suspect who led law enforcement agencies on a high speed pursuit Sunday.

The leave is standard protocol for such incidents.

At about 7:30 p.m., the Kingman Police Department assisted the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in the pursuit of a suspect wanted for aggravated assault in Wikieup earlier in the evening, according to Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper.

The pursuit ended on Andy Devine Avenue at the Interstate 40 intersection where officers shot and killed the suspect.

Andy Devine Avenue at I-40 was closed for several hours into the commute hours Monday morning during the investigation and has since been reopened to traffic. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is conducting the criminal investigation.

According to Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter, deputies were dispatched to a business in the 17000 block of Highway 93 in Wikieup at about 6:30 p.m. regarding multiple stabbings.

Witnesses said a suspect allegedly stole a vehicle near the business and drove north. Deputies spotted the vehicle and initiated a pursuit, which was taken over by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers.

A stabbing victim was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center and later released. Another victim was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and later reported in stable condition.

The cause of the incident is unknown and under investigation. The suspect is no longer on the run and DPS will handle a further press release.