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Kingman man wielding BB gun shot five times

Ryan Dean Burgess

Ryan Dean Burgess

KINGMAN - The man who was shot and killed by a Kingman Police officer Wednesday died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, according to the Mohave County Medical Examiner's Office and Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Ryan Dean Burgess, 31, was shot five times by rookie officer Chaz Truver after he reportedly pointed a BB gun at officer Wayne Hollan, Truver's field training officer.

The BB gun was a replica of a Colt 1911 Defender semiautomatic handgun.

The fatal shooting occurred after officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home in the 2200 block of Lucille Avenue. The man's mother called to report he was punching holes in walls. Burgess reportedly walked outside as officers arrived and aimed the gun at Hollan when Truver shot him after Burgess reportedly failed to drop the weapon.

Truver, who graduated from the police academy a few months ago, remains on paid administrative leave pending an independent investigation conducted by the sheriff's office.

Burgess had a history of convictions for violent offenses and served time in prison for aggravated assault. He appeared to have stayed out of trouble with the law since his release in 2008.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter said toxicology results are pending. Investigators believe alcohol consumption might have played a role in Burgess' behavior.


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