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Little info released so far on fatal shooting

August 1, 2018

The Kingman Police Department continues to investigate the death of a Patagonia man after his July 25 encounter with Lake Havasu City Police officers.

Little information has been released in the six days since Brent C. Bowdon, 56, was killed in an encounter with police outside of his home. Police have not yet identified the three officers involved in the shooting and haven’t confirmed whether Bowdon had a weapon during the incident.

The shooting is being investigated by the Kingman Police Department. The department hopes to release some information this week, said Kingman Police Department Public Information Officer Rusty Cooper, but department officials have said details in the case will emerge only after witness interviews are concluded and key parts of the investigation are complete.

Meanwhile, Joe Patterson, a friend of Bowdon and Patagonia’s town marshal, further explained his comments about the investigation last week. According to Patterson, there has been backlash about his previous statements about his encounter with Kingman police officers.

“The hate calls and emails from Lake Havasu, New Mexico and other places are OK,” Patterson said. “It is their freedom of speech. I will not melt. There have also been many more calls and emails of support. I listen to the good and the bad.”

Patterson said he traveled to Havasu July 25 to secure Bowdon’s property. He said when he spoke to a Kingman police official last week it was only to find a set of keys for a vehicle. Patterson said the police official appeared to be irritated and unwilling to provide a case number for reference with the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s Office.

When Patterson returned to Havasu on July 26, it was in the company of Bowdon’s 82-year-old father, who asked Patterson to accompany him, he said.

“I had reason to believe the investigation was not thorough,” Patterson said, “”But I am waiting for the documentation. I was not investigating or looking into anything. I was helping the father and family with items. I was treating the family the way they should be treated.”

Patterson says he supports the Lake Havasu City and Kingman Police departments.

“I have a friend that was shot and killed by law enforcement bullets,” Patterson said. “I have known Bowdon for almost as long as I have been a police officer. He was a firefighter and first responder as well, and volunteered to do it without payment. I back the Blue, but I am waiting for the information and it is difficult.”

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