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Officer shoots, kills ex-con in Kingman

KINGMAN, Ariz. — A Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed an ex-convict during a violent rampage in north Kingman early Sunday, police said.

The Kingman Police Department is conducting an independent investigation of the 12:25 a.m. shooting in the 3100 block of Thompson Avenue.

Capt. Rusty Cooper said 30-year-old William Bonnee of Kingman beat a dog in a yard before banging on the side door of a residence. He said the woman who answered the door called for the aid of her 15-year-old son when the stranger confronted her.

Cooper said the teen used a broom handle to fend off Bonnee’s assault upon him with a 5-foot-long pipe. The teen was credited with luring Bonnee out of the home as his mother called 911.

Cooper said an arriving deputy shot and killed Bonnee when he charged the officer after refusing repeated commands to drop his weapon. Bonnee was struck by multiple gunshots and declared dead at the scene.

The woman was unharmed and her son was treated at a hospital for injuries sustained by blows from the pipe.

Cooper said Bonnee has an extensive criminal history and that it’s believed he was extremely intoxicated during the apparent random home invasion assault.

The 25-year-old deputy who fired the fatal shots was placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure when officer-involved shootings are under review.

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