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Kingman officer-involved shooting ruled justified

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A Kingman officer-involved shooting has been ruled justified by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.  

Paula Phillips, 35, was killed on Aug. 29 in Kingman, AZ, after pointing a shotgun at an officer, the Mohave County Attorney’s Office said.

The report said Phillips called 911 to report “a vehicle matching hers,” driving on Stockton Hill Road with AK-47s and shotguns. Police received another call reporting the same vehicle was driving erratically.

Kingman Police Officer Evan Hopper responded and located the vehicle, according to the county attorney’s office. Phillips was standing outside of the vehicle with a “weird smile” on her face.

As Hopper approached, Phillips retrieved a shotgun from the vehicle, the report said. She turned toward the officer with the weapon while ignoring commands, the report said.

The county attorney said Hopper fired four rounds - three struck Phillips and one hit the shotgun she was holding.

According to initial reports, Phillips died on scene.

Phillips had alcohol, methamphetamine and oxycodone in her system, the autopsy report concluded. Her blood-alcohol content was .198 percent. 

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