Body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting in Kingman, Arizona reveals a lot about the moments leading up to the shooting that killed a suspect and injured an officer. DISCLAIMER: The material is graphic in nature.
The shooting happened around 9:30 a,m. at a home in the 1700 block of Miami Avenue. In the video, you can see officers walking toward the door to with guns drawn as one officer knocks on the door and yells, "Police search warrant open the door."
Eventually, officers open the door and the suspect who has been identified as 53-year-old Jeffrey Clair Cave walked towards officers with a gun in his hand. Police officers yelled for Cave to drop his weapon, but he did not comply with their demands.
Cave is then seen on the body camera footage quickly raising his hand to shoot his gun towards officers. Shots were fired by Cave and the officers returned fire.
Kingman Police Detective Dennis Gilbert was struck. However, Bullhead Police who's investigating the incident said the 57-year-old remains in the hospital in serious, but stable condition and is doing well.
Detective Gilbert and 27-year-old Detective Nicholas Schmitz fired their duty weapons during the incident, so they have been placed on routine paid administrative leave which is customary in any officer-involved shooting.
The suspect, Cave, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bullhead City Police said Lieutenant James Brice, 58, also had one bullet pass through his clothing during the shootout, but he wasn't hurt. All of the officers were wearing tactical ballistic body armor and gear during the serving of the search warrant.
According to officers, the search warrant that Kingman Police executed at Cave’s home was for a stolen firearm where Cave was listed as the suspect. The firearm that Cave fired at officers was not the stolen firearm they were seeking.
Cave was the only person at the residence at the time of the search warrant.
Detective Gilbert has worked for the Kingman Police Department for 17 years. He served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps before retiring to work for the Kingman Police Department.
Detective Schmitz has worked for the Kingman Police Department for 3.5 years. He previously worked for the Flagstaff Police Department for 2.5 years.
Lieutenant Brice has worked for the Kingman Police Department for 25 years.
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