KINGMAN – The Department of Public Safety released its statement regarding the events of Sunday evening when a man alleged to have stabbed two people in Wikieup and then stole a vehicle was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Kingman.
DPS reported it was contacted by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:02 p.m. to request assistance with a pursuit of a stabbing suspect driving a pickup truck. MCSO reported that the suspect had stabbed two people prior to fleeing. MCSO informed the troopers their deputies were northbound on U.S. Highway 93 and asked that troopers assume command of the pursuit if it reached Interstate 40.
As the suspect entered I-40, going westbound from the Highway 93 junction, he began making erratic lane changes, endangering those traveling on the interstate, according to DPS.
As requested, troopers assumed command of the pursuit. As the pursuit continued on I-40, troopers, along with officers from the Kingman Police Department, set up road spikes in three locations on I-40.
After striking two sets of road spikes, the suspect exited I-40 at Andy Devine Avenue and began traveling southbound in the northbound lanes with troopers, deputies, and officers following on the southbound side. The pickup then made a U-turn, driving northbound on Andy Devine Avenue, continuing to flee from law enforcement vehicles, the report says.
A Kingman Police Officer and a trooper discharged their firearms at the suspect’s vehicle, and the suspect and vehicle were struck during the exchange. The suspect died at the scene.
DPS is conducting both an administrative and criminal investigation of this incident. It is considered an ongoing investigation.