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Kingman police involved in shooting with Arizona man armed with rifle

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 21:00:47-04

MOHAVE COUNTY (KTNV) — The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that involved officers with the Kingman Police Department on Wednesday.

Kingman police were called to a home in the 2000 block of Fairgrounds Boulevard at about 12:35 a.m. with a report of a man with a machete chopping at bushes in the neighborhood.

Officers didn't find the man in question on the first call but they were able to spot him at about 2:15 a.m. with reports of him shooting a rifle in the same neighborhood.

The man was later identified as Jason Arpad Peters, 45, and he continued to shoot a rifle at responding officers, according to authorities.

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During the standoff, KPD tried to communicate with Peters to exit the home, but he kept shooting and struck officer’s vehicles and neighboring homes until close to 5:30 a.m.

Authorities say Peters fired a round out of the back window of the home towards a KPD officer, who returned fire, and the 45-year-old then stopped firing his weapon as negotiations continued.

The Lake Havasu City Police Department SWAT officers were contacted and also responded to the scene.

Entry was eventually made by SWAT at which time Peters was found deceased.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Department says it was determined that the rifle used by Peters during the incident was a high powered air rifle, as the investigation continues.

An autopsy is pending with the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine Peter's cause of death.

A KPD officer was placed on routine administrative leave following the incident.