Carter said the Mohave County Attorney’s Office had reviewed the police reports submitted by both the Kingman Police Department and Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in the officer-involved shooting case involving Kingman Police Officer Chaz Truver.
“The MCAO concluded that (Officer Chad) Truver acted in appropriate and justifiable self-defense with respect to both his own life and to the life of KPD Officer Wayne Hollon,” said Carter.
Truver was in a field training program and under the direction of his Field Training Officer Hollon at the time of the shooting.
The shooting took place on March 11 in the 2200 Lucille Avenue in Kingman after police were dispatched to the home for a reported domestic disturbance in progress. The reporting party advised the male subject was punching holes in the wall of the residence and was acting violently. Upon arrival and approach to the front door, Burgess exited the front door and pointed a gun at Officer Hollon. Officer Truver immediately gave commands to drop the gun and then fired several rounds, striking and killing Burgess.
The firearm Burgess was holding was later identified as a CO2 powered BB gun. The BB gun was a replica of a Colt Defender 1911 semi-automatic pistol. The weapon is the exact same size shape and weight of the real weapon.
Officer Hollon injured his knee during the incident and he was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
Carter said reports show Officer Truver reasonably believed that Burgess had a handgun in his hand and that he pointed at or in the direction of Hollon. Due to the potential deadly threat against both Hollon and himself, Truver acted in legal self-defense in this case.