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Man found dead after standoff, shootout with Kingman police

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Posted at 6:45 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 01:34:54-04

KINGMAN, AZ — A man was found dead by police inside a home in Kingman, Arizona early Wednesday after a standoff and shootout with officers.

Kingman is located in northwestern Arizona about three hours from downtown Phoenix.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, who is investigating the shooting, deputies received a phone call shortly after midnight reporting a man was in someone's yard chopping bushes with a machete.

When officers arrived, the man was not located.

Two hours later, MCSO received a second phone from reporting that the man with the machete, who lived next door to the caller, had fired a rifle at his house and struck a window.

When police arrived on scene the second time, the suspect, later identified as 45-year-old Jason Peters, retreated to his home and began shooting at officers, MCSO said in a news release.

Peters reportedly continued to fire rounds at the officers from inside the home and struck several patrol cars and neighboring homes. Officers then returned fire.

Eventually, the shooting stopped.

During that time, the Havasu City Police Department's SWAT team arrived and Peters was found dead inside the home.

A spokesperson for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office would not elaborate to ABC15 on how Peters died nor if he was shot by any of the officers who returned fire.

The spokesperson said an autopsy was pending and deferred to the Mohave County Medical Examiner's Office to determine Peters's cause of death.