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Review panel hears about 2012 police shooting death

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Police in November 2012 shot a suspect who had held a woman at knife point. (Courtesy: Chris Carmody) Police in November 2012 shot a suspect who had held a woman at knife point. (Courtesy: Chris Carmody)

The Police Fatality Fact-finding Review convened for only its second time since being implemented this year. The panel is the new process that replaces the coroner's inquest, adopted by the Clark County Commission in January.

On Friday, the panel heard evidence used by the District Attorney's Office to determine officers acted accordingly on the night of Nov. 2, 2012.

Metro Detective Christopher Bunting, who investigated the shooting death of 39-year-old Daniel Hathorne, spent three hours answering questions posed to him by the District Attorney's Office and an ombudsman.

Hathorne was shot and killed after he threatened the manager of the Siegel Suites located on Cambridge Street and Katie Avenue last year after he was locked out of his apartment for not paying his rent.

"Mr. Hathorne, in essence, told her he was going to go on a killing spree," Bunting said.

When Metro officers Russell Ellsworth and Brandon Oris arrived at the scene that day, Hathorne grabbed the woman and held knives to her. The officers immediately called for backup. When backup arrived, they immediately contacted dispatch.

"We've got shots fired, shots fired! Male down! Roll medical, roll medical," yelled and unidentified officer.

During the review process, Bunting told those attending that police had been called at least three times about Hathorne between August and November 2012, including calls about alleged domestic violence against his girlfriend.

After all the questions were answered, the review process ended.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak attended the review and called it a work in progress.

"We're not looking for a verdict - that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a statement or something along those lines," he said.

The review process gives the public access to what the District Attorney's Office used to determine its findings.

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