DA: Officers acted 'lawfully' in 3 police-involved deaths
Posted By Matt Guillermo, Web Producer - bio | email
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said the officers in three police-involved deaths in April 2011 acted "reasonably and lawfully" during the situations.
The deaths of Abdul Hamlan, David Paul Gonzalez and Michael Chevalier were the ninth, 10th and 11th incidents of officer-involved deaths that the Clark County D.A.'s office has reviewed this year.
According to the District Attorney's office, each case concluded with the following:
On April 3, 2011, police responded to an apartment on the 2800 block of East Charleston Boulevard where Chevalier was assaulting a woman. When police arrived, they saw the injured woman and Chevalier, who had a gun. During the ensuing standoff, Chevalier shot at officers and threatened to kill himself and the woman. Early the next morning, police stormed the apartment. Chevalier shot at the officers and then, while using the woman as a shield, pointed his gun at an officer who then shot Chevalier.
On April 11, 2011, police tried to pull over a vehicle on Flamingo Avenue near Cambridge Street because the vehicle's rear tail light was not working. Instead of pulling over, the driver ran a red light and sped towards the Las Vegas Strip. Police intentionally spun the vehicle around near Swenson Street, and then the driver, Gonzalez, got out of the vehicle and shot at the officers who shot back, hitting Gonzalez. Police later learned that Gonzalez was in violation of his parole (he had been in prison for second-degree murder), and the gun he used was also used in a shooting three weeks earlier.
On April 12, 2011, police were called to a home on the 3900 block of Grand Meadow Street because of a suicidal man with a gun. When police arrived they found Abdul Hamlan inside a garage, crying. He told the officers, "just go ahead and shoot me then," before aiming his gun at the officers, who were telling him to drop the weapon. When he did not drop the gun, the officers shot him.
The D.A.'s office said the reviews are not binding decisions or a method to replace the coroner's inquest hearings, which are currently stalled due by pending legal challenges. The District Attorney noted 19 cases are in backlog.
"When law enforcement is involved in a deadly confrontation, the public deserves to find out what happened and why," Wolfson said. "Public confidence in our police and justice system demands transparency."
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:05 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:05:42 GMT
Officers arrested a man who threatened a Henderson bank with claims of a bomb in his possession, according to police. Henderson police reported the police situation at a Bank of America branch on S. BoulderMore >
Officers arrested a man who threatened a Henderson bank with claims of a bomb in his possession, according to police.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:05 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:05:40 GMT
The 15-year-old Las Vegas boy who died when he had his iPad taken from him is set to be buried on Friday. According to the father of Marcos Arenas, the teen's funeral will be held at St. Francis de SalesMore >
The 15-year-old Las Vegas boy who died when he had his iPad taken from him is set to be buried on Friday.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:13 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:13:41 GMT
A high-speed crash on Sunday sent three teens to a hospital. One of them is listed in critical condition. The crash occurred in an area of the Valley known for speeding, the industrial zone located atMore >
A high-speed crash on Sunday sent three teens to a hospital. One of them is listed in critical condition. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:24 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:24:42 GMT
A man arrested Monday in northwest Arizona is accused of fleeing the scene of a wreck and breaking into a home after the incident. According to the Mohave County Sheriff's office, Alford James Hicks,More >
A man arrested Monday in northwest Arizona is accused of fleeing the scene of a wreck and breaking into a home after the incident.More >