Officer Involved Shooting Investigation – Kingman

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”.