A review of an independent investigation conducted by the Kingman Police Department (KPD) has led to the determination that three Lake Havasu City policemen were justified when they opened fire November 23, killing a Lake Havasu City man who pointed his firearm at them. Justin Roady, 33, suffered 12 gunshot wounds when Officers Brian Jacobs, Jason Johnston and Lorne Jackson fired off 18 rounds, according to Lake Havasu Police Sergeant Troy Stirling. He said Roady had been drinking at several bars before arriving at his home in the 3100 block of Silversmith Drive just after midnight. Stirling said the babysitter and the children she was watching safely exited the home after Roady crashed his vehicle into the garage, retrieved firearms and began shooting. He said it was determined that Roady fired 26 rounds inside and outside his home from a handgun, a rifle and a shotgun. Chief Deputy Mohave County attorney Jace Zack said the KPD probe revealed that Roady was intoxicated (.27 BAC), had argued with his wife, endangered his neighbors and had already committed numerous felonies by the time arriving officers positioned themselves around the residence. Zack said Roady swore at police and refused their commands to drop his weapon. “Instead, he raised his gun, stiffened his arm over the bed of the pick-up and pointed his gun at the officers,” Zack said in a letter setting forth his findings. “Those officers reasonably believed they were in mortal danger and that the use of deadly force was immediately necessary to defend themselves.” The officers who were placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting were returned to duty December 5.
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