The name of the Lake Havasu City police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting on June 20 has been released. Officer Jerry Smith remains on paid administrative leave and the Kingman Police Department continues conducting an independent investigation of the incident.
Smith has worked for the Lake Havasu City police department for 17 months.
Deputy Kingman police chief Rusty Cooper said Devin Scott, 20, had already fled when Lake Havasu City police responded to a domestic disturbance call at his residence in the 2400 block of Everglades Drive. Another call was placed with police when Scott returned to the residence about 11:50 p.m.
Scott reportedly broke windows and caused other damage before storming the residence when he was not allowed back in. Cooper said Scott barricaded himself in a bedroom as officers arrived on scene the second time of the evening.
“Officers forced open the bedroom door to take Scott into custody when they were confronted by Scott who had armed himself with a knife,” Cooper said. “An officer attempted to use an electronic device (Taser) that was not effective, during which time Scott is alleged to have aggressively approached the officers.”
Cooper said two rounds fired by Smith struck Scott, one in the arm and the other in the torso. He was pronounced dead at Havasu Regional Medical Center.
Scott’s two-year-old son, his girlfriend and his father were present during the ordeal. None of them were injured.
When complete, a report of the shooting investigation will be reviewed by the Mohave County Attorney’s office.