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Shooting victim files lawsuit against Metro police

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Antoine Hodges, left, and attorney Call Potter discuss a lawsuit against Metro police following a convenience store shooting. (Les Krifaton/FOX5) Antoine Hodges, left, and attorney Call Potter discuss a lawsuit against Metro police following a convenience store shooting. (Les Krifaton/FOX5)
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On Thursday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released surveillance video containing the moments surrounding an incident in which an officer shot a man mistaken for a homicide suspect.

Metro Undersheriff Jim Dixon suggested the incident wouldn't have happened had victim Antoine Hodges complied with the officer's orders.

On Friday, Hodges and his attorney spoke out about their version of events that night at a 7-Eleven store on Nellis Boulevard near Stewart Avenue.

The two didn't mince words Friday, suggesting a lack of training and racial profiling led to the shooting.

"He's unable to work and trying to deal with his emotional and physical well-being together," attorney Cal Potter said of Hodges.

Potter filed a complaint against Metro on Friday. Dixon on Friday said Officer Jason Evans shot Hodges, who was unarmed, when he backed away and failed to show both hands to him in a manner he found threatening.

"Here the officer escalated the situation, had no backup, went in there and confronted, had his gun ready to fire," said Potter, reviewing the surveillance video. "It wasn't a situation where he was following his training."

Hodges claims he showed both of his hands to Evans. However, the video appears to show him holding one hand up and briefly showing the other before putting it behind his back.

When Hodges bumped into a shelf and pivoted, Evans opened fire on him.

"It wasn't a situation where he was following his training, and when you don't follow your training this is what happens in these types of situations," Potter said.

Hodges, a line cook, said he is in constant pain.

"I have anxiety attacks, all kinds of different little things that just play with my mind. I have flashbacks, it's hard to sleep at night unless I take a pain pill or something to try and knock me out or something," he said.

The complaint filed Friday includes negligence, assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment as well as loss of consortium.

The complaint names the police department, Evans and Sheriff Doug Gillespie as defendants.

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