MCSO PRESS RELEASE July 5, 2018
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION- KINGMAN
On 07/01/18 at approximately 9:49 PM, Kingman Police received a report of an armed robbery in progress at 3665 E Andy Devine Avenue, a Dollar General Store. Police were advised that there were two suspects, and that they robbed the store at gunpoint and left. Officer Mike Morris, a three year veteran of Kingman Police Department, was the first officer to arrive. He observed a white truck with one person next to at the corner of Sunshine and Horizon. Officer Morris was coming to a stop when the suspect started shooting into his vehicle. The suspect engaged Officer Morris with an AR-15 style rifle that had a bump stock affixed, firing numerous rounds. A short time later, Officer Adam Simonsen, a nine year veteran of Kingman Police Department, arrived to the scene. The suspect turned his attention on Officer Simonsen and fired several rounds at him. Both Officers returned fire with their pistols, and the suspect was shot in the face. The suspect then fled the area on foot and was located at the corner or Airway and Andy Devine. Other Officers with Kingman Police Department deployed a Taser and had to physically restrain the suspect. The suspect was identified as Anthony Axton, 32 years old, of Kingman. Anthony Axton was transported by medical
personnel to Las Vegas. Axton is currently in the custody of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. It was later determined that Axton fired a total of 45 rounds at the officers. Anthony Axton was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, and misconduct involving weapons. The other suspect involved in the robbery was identified as Francis William Allison, 58 years old, of Kingman. Francis fled the scene on foot and was not involved in the gunfight with officers. Francis Allison was apprehended on 07/03/18 by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Detectives after a brief standoff took place in the 3500 block of Lum Avenue. Allison surrendered without incident and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, and misconduct involving weapons. Both suspects were wearing body armor during the commission of the crime. It is believed that these two suspects, as well as Preston Earl Milks, 25 years old, of Kingman were involved in multiple robberies and burglaries inside Kingman city limits and in Mohave County. These crimes involved breaking into businesses and restraining employees to commit their robberies. More charges related to the other criminal events will be forthcoming as the investigation continues. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the shooting investigation, and MCSO and Kingman Police Department are working together for the investigations of the other crimes being committed by the three suspects.
Sheriff Schuster had this to say. “I am very relieved that the officers and any potential bystanders were not injured during this heinous and deadly attack. This thug ambushed two law enforcement officers with the full intent of taking their lives. He should consider himself lucky to be upright and taking air as far as I’m concerned” Schuster said. “In addition, this small group of armed and dangerous thugs have been terrorizing our citizens for some time. I am thankful that these dangerous criminals will no longer pose a threat to our communities and we will ensure that every effort is made to aid in the prosecution and conviction of each
one of them”.
MCSO PRESS RELEASE July 2, 2018
On Monday (7/2), Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster presented a Lifesaving Award to Sherry King, a 70 year old Littlefield, AZ resident. King is being credited with saving the life of a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputy on April 27, 2018. On that day, while a suspect was being restrained, a struggle ensued with the deputy. During the struggle, the suspect was able to take possession of the deputy’s taser, but was not able to deploy it. The suspect then began reaching for the deputy’s weapon, when King jumped in and attempted to assist the deputy, but was assaulted and shoved away by the suspect. King then fired a warning shot from her own weapon, and the suspect fled the scene on foot. After the award was presented, King received a standing ovation from all in attendance. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office wants to express our gratitude to Sherry King for her quick thinking and courageous actions, which ultimately saved the life of a young deputy.
MCSO PRESS RELEASE June 27, 2018
VOLUNTEER POSSE GRADUATES- KINGMAN
On Wednesday (6/27), Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster congratulated and swore in Sheriff’s Volunteer Posse members. The graduates completed a volunteer training academy held at the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Doug Schuster swore in 8 new graduates; Kevin Curran, Cheri Williams, Kiara Sanchez, Dennis Rogers, Ralph McKie, Richard Terrien, Steve Kaminski, and William Gleason. The academy participants underwent a 32 hour class, and after graduating, volunteers will complete 40 additional training hours in the field with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Posse Field Training Officers.
Class participants attended Defensive Driving courses as well as attending prisoner restraint and transport classes. Volunteers are utilized in many areas such as; boating safety, community policing and crime prevention, animal control, computer data entry, dispatch operations, corrections and prisoner
transportation, record keeping and research, radio communications, and neighborhood safety patrols. Anyone interested should contact their local Mohave County Sheriff’s Office to pick-up an application, or contact Sergeant Kyler Cox at (928) 453-0745.
From left to right: Kevin Curran, Cheri Williams, Kiara Sanchez, Dennis Rogers, Ralph McKie, Richard Terrien, Steve Kaminski, William Gleason, and Sheriff Doug Schuster.
MCSO PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2018
Today, Brian Stock and Taylor Nelson were recognized as valuable members of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office continues to grow in a positive and healthy direction and as such needs competent, reliable, and seasoned leaders. Leaders who understand our mission statement and excel in interpersonal relationships not only with their subordinates, but the general public as well.
Brian Stock has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Stock has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 12 years and continues to demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the job. We have great confidence in him and believe he will excel in his new role.
Taylor Nelson has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Nelson has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 8 years and was previously promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2015. Lieutenant Nelson has proven to be a valuable asset to our office and has demonstrated the leadership qualities necessary to perform at the highest of levels.
MCSO PRESS RELEASE June 14, 2018
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies presented at the Lake Havasu City ASU Criminal Justice Summer Camp. 38 kids between the ages of 14-18 with future aspirations of a criminal justice career received information on boating safety, search and rescue techniques, and K9 handling. Most of these kids are first generation college students from Arizona, California, Nevada, and even Tennessee. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish them well with their future career goals and would like to thank them for the opportunity to present our information.
MCSO PRESS RELEASE May 29, 2018
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office saw a sharp increase in boating traffic and boating related violations during the Memorial Day Weekend 2018. During the weekend, our Deputies made 9 Operating under the Influence arrest, one of which was investigated during a boat crash. This number is more than double from years past. Our deputies also made twice as many watercraft contacts as years prior. This is a direct sign of the increase in the boating traffic on Lake Havasu and the Colorado River. With this clear increase, we would like to remind boaters to Boat Safe, Boat Smart, Boat Sober, and Wear a Life Jacket!
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety handled the following incidents during the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend on Lake Havasu and the Colorado River:
Boater Assists: 26
Agency Assists: 4
Non-Injury Boat Crash: 3
Injury Boat Crash: 0
The Division of Boating Safety also made the following Contacts:
Compliance / Safety Checks: 236
Operating Under The Influence Arrests: 9
Personal Flotation Device Violation Citations: 7
Transom, Bow Riding, Reckless Operation Criminal Citations: 19
Other Citations: 13
Boating Violation Warnings: 260
MCSO PRESS RELEASE
February 21, 2018
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety conducted a Boating Safety Demonstration for 118 students at the Calvary Academy in Lake Havasu City. These students, in grades kindergarten through 3rd, were shown several pieces of equipment used by deputies to keep our Lake safe. Deputies also spoke with the children about the importance of wearing a life jacket, and being safe around boat propellers. The children were then allowed to sit in the driver’s seat of several patrol vehicles, and experience activating the lights and sirens. Boating season is upon us. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you to BOAT SAFE, BOAT SMART, BOAT SOBER and WEAR A LIFE JACKET!
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SPECIAL MCSO PRESS RELEASE
February 20, 2018
PROMOTION AT THE MOHAVE COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY
Sheriff Doug Schuster (far left) and Chief Deputy Dean McKie (far right) congratulate Detention Officers (left to right) Eric Staffon, Stacy Summers and Bryan Traxler, who were recently promoted to Corporal at the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility on February 3rd, 2018.
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