Arizona officers who shot, killed fleeing suspect identified

Updated May 23, 2017 - 10:11 am

The Arizona Public Safety Department has identified the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man killed in Kingman after a high-speed chase on May 14.

Officers Dave Coffin of the Kingman Police Department and Matthew Drury of the Arizona Public Safety Department are on paid administrative leave, which is customary when officer-involved shootings are under review, the department said Monday.

The man who died by police gunfire is identified as 41-year-old David Jay Juarez of Texas.

The Mohave County sheriff’s office said the violence began in Wikieup when Juarez stabbed his employer and the man’s son. Juarez allegedly stole a heavy-duty service pickup truck from the property and drove north and officers pursued him.

The pursuit was picked up in Kingman when Juarez exited Interstate 40 on the Andy Devine Avenue exit. Deputy Kingman Police Chief Rusty Cooper said Juarez endangered others while driving erratically before officers opened fire.

Juarez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coffin has been with the Kingman Police Department for 18 years; Drury is a 16 year Arizona Public Safety Department veteran. The Public Safety Department continues to investigate the shooting.

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