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Body camera video shows Las Vegas officer-involved shooting

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Metro police showed body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting. (Source: LVMPD) Metro police showed body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting. (Source: LVMPD)
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Police released body camera video showing the moments before and after a deadly officer-involved shooting in the southeast part of the Valley over the weekend.

Phillip Pitts, 41, was shot and killed by police on Saturday after a contentious exchange with offers outside of Fuel Zone Mart near Pyle Avenue and Pollock Drive.

[RELATED: Armed man strangles woman, police open fire killing him in south Valley]

Officers first got a call regarding a man choking a woman in the area of the store, but the first responding officer found a man and a woman fighting over a handgun, police said.

“Pitts maintained possession over the handgun and told the officer that he was going to kill himself,” Assistant Sheriff with Metropolitan police Tom Roberts said.

Police said the pair was married and that their 10-year-old daughter witnessed the volatile exchange.

Officer David Nesheiwat arrived at the scene to assist the responding officer, according to police. In the video, he asked Pitts, "whats going on? What’s in your hand?"

Police said Pitts had the gun pointed at his wife's stomach.

Nesheiwat is heard in the recording asking Pitts to drop the gun at least nine times, however, Pitts maintained possession of the gun. Nesheiwat fired his gun in the direction of Pitts four times shortly after.

“Officer Nesheiwat fired two rounds striking Pitts. Pitts fell to the ground still holding the firearm pointing it towards the female,” Roberts said. “Officer Nesheiwat fired two more rounds.”

Pitts died at the hospital. The woman was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her stomach, according to police. Police said a bullet pierced through Pitts and hit her.

Nesheiwat was involved in another high profile case in 2009. According to police, he was in a patrol car crash that killed officer Milburn Beitel. Beitel was driving above the speed limit responding to a call and hit a tree and a light pole.

Neisheiwat recovered from his injuries and returned to duty, according to police.He is currently on paid administrative leave, per protocol. 

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