Kingman police Detective Dennis Gilbert remained hospitalized Tuesday, recovering from surgery and a bullet wound suffered in a gun battle that claimed the life of a citizen on Thursday, September 29. Officials said Gilbert would recover but that complications have slowed his expected hospital discharge.
Gilbert and three other police officers were attempting to execute a warrant to search for a stolen weapon at the home of Jeffrey Cave, 53, at 1716 Miami Avenue. The event that was captured by an officer’s body mounted camera showed that Cave was armed as he answered the door and refused repeated commands to drop the handgun.
Officers were preparing to use a taser to gain compliance when Cave reportedly opened fire.
Gilbert was wounded while another bullet passed through the clothing of Lieutenant Jim Brice, who was not injured.
Cave was critically wounded and dead at the scene when Gilbert and Detective Nicholas Schmitz returned fire.
The Bullhead City police department is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting and its final report will later be reviewed by the county attorney’s office.
Court records indicate a citizen called police on September 12 claiming that Cave pointed a weapon at him and ordered him off the Miami Avenue property when the citizen attempted to retrieve a weapon he said he had loaned Cave. The citizen also indicated he had information in a missing persons case.
The court records show that police interviewed the citizen on September 27 and that the citizen told them that Cave had information about the disappearance of Sid Cranston. The Kingman man has been missing for more than a year.
A judge authorized the warrant on the 28th and the gunfire exchange occurred during attempted service on the 29th.
Court records reveal that police found marijuana, prescription pill bottles, a ledger and an assortment of drug paraphernalia in Cave’s home. They also seized an Uzi and another firearm as well as cell phones and several computers.