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Havasu officer who shot man indentified

KINGMAN - The Lake Havasu City Police officer who shot and killed a man with a knife June 20 has been identified as Jerry Smith, who joined the department 17 months ago.

Kingman Police were asked to investigate the shooting and Kingman Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper said the investigation continues.

Smith shot and killed Devin Christopher Scott, 20, after Scott's father called police to his Lake Havasu City home just after midnight.

The man had been involved in a domestic incident earlier in the day and returned to the home in the 2400 block of Everglades Drive and began to break windows and outside lights before he made his way into the home, where his father, his girlfriend and his 2-year-old daughter were.

Cooper said Scott barricaded himself inside a room and when officers entered, he allegedly confronted them while armed with a knife.

Smith shot Scott twice, once in the torso and once in the arm.

Smith remains on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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