The Bullhead City Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Tuesday, July 11th in Golden Valley, AZ.
Narcotic detectives with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) saw a vehicle at a gas station on Highway 68 that was associated with a man wanted for questioning in connection with a drug search warrant that was conducted earlier that day. Believing the operator of the vehicle was the wanted man, police attempted to contacted him but the man fled in the vehicle. A short time later, the man continued to run from police on foot in the 3600 block of Mobile Lane.
During the pursuit, the armed man, 54-year-old Silas Andrew Smith Jr. of Bellflower, CA, engaged in a gun battle with police. Both Smith and police discharged their weapons. No officers were injured. Silas Smith Jr. was pronounced deceased on scene.
MCSO Detective Aaron Devries, 30, was placed on routine paid administrative leave. He has been with the MCSO for nine years. Per Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) policy, the DEA agent’s name, who was also involved in the officer-involved shooting, will not be released at this time.
It is protocol to have an outside agency investigate an officer-involved shooting incident. The investigation is ongoing.
(It was later determined that Smith was not the suspect wanted in connection with the search warrant).