colesA Kingman man who was shot by a police officer following a vehicle pursuit last fall has entered a plea agreement. Frederick Coles, 64, recently pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault.Police reports indicated officers responded last November 15 to a report that a person had threatened to blow up the fuel island at the Flying J truck stop on Andy Devine Avenue. Cole reportedly greeted arriving officers with a one finger salute before leading them on a chase through portions of north Kingman.

An independent investigation conducted by Lake Havasu City police concluded that Coles twice tried to use his vehicle to ram another driven by Kingman police officer Zachary Clark. The report said Coles stopped abruptly in the vicinity of DW Ranch Road and Interstate 40, exiting his vehicle with a knife while refusing commands to drop the weapon.

Coles dropped the knife when shot by Clark and was finally subdued after a taser was deployed. Coles was treated for the minor gunshot wound at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The assault conviction in the plea agreement stems from Coles’ effort to run down Clark. Punishment to be imposed at sentencing July 9 ranges from probation up to five years in prison.

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