Photo by Hubble Ray Smith.
KINGMAN – The man killed Saturday night by Kingman police at the Zuni Village RV Park was quiet, soft-spoken and always paid his rent on time, manager Kevin McCumber said.
The park manager didn’t know much about the couple staying in space No. 70 since about August, which is a good thing when he doesn’t have to make much contact with them.
“They were good tenants,” McCumber said Tuesday during a brief interview at the RV park at 2840 Airway Ave. “There were no reports, we didn’t have to go back to their space for drunken disturbances or get the rent.”
The man appeared to be in his 60s and wore two hearing aids, McCumber noted, which may have played a role in how the shooting unfolded.
He said the man’s wife is devastated and won’t be staying at the park. Her family is coming to get her.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.
According to their report, KPD received a call around 8:15 p.m. Saturday of a possible domestic dispute at the park. Upon arrival, a Kingman police officer contacted the people who reported the dispute from a nearby RV.
The officer then tried to speak with the subjects in the space where the alleged domestic violence happened, and during that contact, a “confrontation” occurred between the officer and man, who was shot by the officer. It’s not clear if the confrontation was verbal or physical.
Police have not released the identity of the dead man or the officer involved in the shooting. No officers or bystanders were hurt.
Dean McKie, chief deputy for MCSO, said further details would come in the next few days. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol for KPD pending the investigation.
McKie said it’s “my understanding” that the KPD officer was wearing a body camera during the call, though he didn’t know if it was operating or if the footage would be made available to the media.
KPD spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki verified that the officer’s body camera did capture the shooting scene, and the department is working closely with the sheriff’s office and Mohave County Attorney Office. It’s up to them to release the tape, she said.
One resident of Zuni Village who did not want to give his name said he was sleeping at the time and never heard gunshots, though he awoke and saw several police cars with their lights flashing across the street.
“I’ve got to get out of here now that this happened,” he said. “It’s been pretty quiet up until now.”
McCumber, manager of the 150-space Zuni Village for the last three years, said he’s vigilant about keeping “druggies” out of the park, giving tenants a 30-day eviction notice if they’re causing any trouble.
The man accused of bombing a home in Panaca, Nevada, in 2016 lived at Zuni Village and was a “hell of a nice guy,” as far as McCumber could tell, until he went off the deep end.
“We get good people here. Some situations go wrong. That’s the way it is with life,” he said.