The Mohave County attorney’s office has determined that Kingman police were justified in using deadly force in an exchange of gunfire with a Kingman resident. The conclusion is based upon a review of an independent investigation conducted by the Bullhead City Police Department.
Five Kingman police officers executed a search warrant Sept. 29 at the home of Jeffrey Cave, 53. An officer-mounted camera recorded police entry into the Miami Avenue home after there was no response to knocks and shouts.
“The Axon video shows Cave was standing near the door holding a gun. Cave then pointed the gun at the officers and fired four shots. One shot struck Detective Dennis Gilbert,” said deputy county attorney Jace Zack.
Deputy Kingman police Chief Rusty Cooper said Gilbert fired three rounds while Detective Nicholas Schmitz fire seven times. He said it is believed Cave was shot three times, once by himself, in the foot during the physical dynamics of being shot.
Gilbert remains sidelined while recovering from his gunshot while Schmitz returned to duty October 11th.