Mohave County deputy fatally shoots man

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

KINGMAN, Ariz. -- The Mohave County Sheriff's Office says a man has died after being shot by a deputy after allegedly threatening him with his own baton.

The suspect has been identified as Blake Allen Barbour, 43, of Kingman.
 
Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said the fatal shooting occurred Friday morning after Deputy Jace Reif, 27, responded to a report of a man acting erratically and threatening family members at a residence in the Kingman area.
 
Carter said Barbour was combative and attempting to enter the home when Reif arrived.

Barbour was tased several times, which had no effect. The two men struggled and Barbour grabbed Reif's baton then started to swing it while approaching the deputy.
 
According to Carter, Reif shot Barbour when he ignored several warnings to stay back and drop the weapon.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he died.
 
Reif has been with the sheriff's office for more than eight years. Carter said he worked five years as a detention officer at the Mohave County Jail and three and a half years as a patrol deputy. Reif will be placed on paid administration leave pending the investigation.

The sheriff's office has requested the Bullhead City Police Department to conduct the investigation to ensure impartiality.