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A Kingman resident who was shot and killed following a traffic stop last weekend was a wanted man. Kenneth Kennedy, 34, was named in an arrest warrant issued in early September.

Court records show that Kennedy pled guilty to burglary in July. He was placed on probation and ordered to report to jail to begin serving a four month sentence by August 19.

The records show that a petition to revoke his probation was filed, and a warrant for his arrest was issued, after Kennedy failed to report to his probation officer and failed to check into jail.

Kennedy was shot and killed by a Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy following an October 29 traffic stop in north Kingman, according to the Bullhead City police department, which is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting. Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Kennedy’s vehicle struck two sheriff’s office vehicles as he tried to flee.

Fromelt said Kennedy was driving toward a deputy who opened fire. Kennedy was killed and his wife, a passenger in the vehicle, was not injured.

It was the third officer involved shooting that claimed the life of a Kingman citizen over a two month period, with each of the shootings occurring the 29th day of the month.

Kingman police officer Evan Hopper killed Paula Phillips August 29th. Jeff Cave was killed by Kingman police gunfire on September 29th and Kennedy died October 29th.

The Cave and Kennedy shootings remain under investigation while Hopper was cleared of any wrongdoing in an investigation that concluded he shot a suicidal Phillips in self defense.

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