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Investigation ongoing in Lake Havasu police-involved shooting

Posted at 7:42 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 22:47:16-04

LAKE HAVASU (KTNV) — The Bullhead City Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Aug. 19 in Lake Havasu City, Arizonia.

At around 12 p.m. on Wednesday, a Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to serve an order of protection on a resident, 39-year-old Ronald Stuart Chipman, in the 3300 block of Pocahontas Drive.

Chipman reportedly pointed a weapon at the deputy and additional law enforcement was called for assistance.

Police say Chipman barricaded himself inside his residence and refused to comply with officers’ commands.


Lake Havasu City Police officers and SWAT team, along with Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies and their SWAT team responded and attempted to talk with Chipman, who they say made several irrational statements.

Police say the investigation has revealed that after several hours, Chipman fired multiple shots at officers from within his residence.

Lake Havasu City Police (LHCP) officers returned fire, injuring Chipman. No officers were injured.

Chipman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

Lake Havasu City Police say it is their protocol to have an outside agency investigate an officer-involved shooting incident.

Two Lake Havasu City Police officers who discharged their weapons are currently on administrative leave, which is also customary for the department in an officer-involved shooting incident.