Metro police on Thursday addressed the media about a recent incident in which an officer shot an unarmed man mistaken for a homicide suspect.
Police said it was a case of mistaken identity by an officer who had worked a double murder scene the day prior. When he saw a man who matched the description of the suspect, he approached him in a 7-Eleven store at Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.
According to Undersheriff Jim Dixon, 30-year-old Antoine Hodges did not comply with an order from Officer Jason Evans to leave the store.
"Hodges stepped back. His left hand was up, holding a cellphone and keys, and his right hand moved behind him in toward his back and his right-rear pocket," Dixon said. "The clerk stated that he heard the officer yell out several times for Hodges to show him his hands."
Police said Hodges began backing away from Evans in a manner that Evans thought was threatening enough for him to open fire.
Evans is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Hodges is recovering from a gunshot wound.
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