Kingman man shot, killed by Mohave County deputy during struggle

KINGMAN, Ariz. — A suspect who was shot by a Mohave County sheriff’s deputy died at the Kingman Regional Medical Center on Friday.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter said Blake Allen Barbour, 43, was pronounced dead shortly before 10 a.m.

Carter said Deputy Dave Reif was informed about 6:15 a.m. that a male subject, possibly under the influence of drugs, was threatening family members in the 2900 block of Packard Avenue. Barbour lived with his mother in that neighborhood but the disturbance began at Barbour’s grandmother’s home next door, she said.

Reif made first contact with Barbour as he was trying to enter either the home of his mother or grandmother. Carter said Barbour was combative, did not comply with the deputy’s directives and was not stop when tased several times.

Sheriff Tom Sheahan said the ongoing arrest attempt led to a struggle during which the suspect wrestled away Reif’s baton. Carter said Reif shot Barbour after he refused repeated commands to drop the baton.

Following standard procedure, Reif, a deputy for the last 3½ years, was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed. The Bullhead City Police Department will conduct the independent investigation.

Information regarding how many times Barbour was shot and his cause of death was not initially available.

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