Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith has determined that a Kingman police officer was justified when he shot and killed a Kingman man on March 11. The decision comes after Smith reviewed an internal police probe and an independent investigation conducted by the Mohave County Sheriff’s office.An autopsy determined that Ryan Burgess, 31, suffered five gunshot wounds to the torso when officer Chaz Truver opened fire after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Burgess’ mother summoned police with a report that her son was punching holes in walls and behaving in a violent manner.
Reports indicated that officers responding to the home at 2241 Lucille Avenue were greeted by Burgess who advanced upon them while ignoring commands to put down the BB gun he pointed in their direction. Smith said officers had no way of knowing that the authentic-looking Colt .45 pistol replica was merely a BB gun.
“There is no basis for criminal charges,” Smith said in a June 1 correspondence. “Officer Truver acted in appropriate and justifiable self-defense.”