Wednesday, September 29 2010 5:22 PM EDT2010-09-29 22:22:56 GMT
As Erik Scott's family looks to put the coroners inquest verdict behind them, they are now looking at filing a lawsuit. Their family attorney says they are planning to file a civil suit against Las Vegas police and Costco because of the shooting.More>>
Wednesday, September 29 2010 4:22 PM EDT2010-09-29 21:22:19 GMT
The police union has its own opinion on the coroner's inquest process. They played a role in the process changes that took place in 2007 and say if more changes are going to be made, they definitely want a place at the table for the discussions.More>>
Wednesday, September 29 2010 2:37 PM EDT2010-09-29 19:37:43 GMT
Las Vegas' top cop says he backs the actions of officers who shot a 38-year-old man outside a membership warehouse store, and says the department will defend itself if the man's family files a federal lawsuit.More>>
Tuesday, September 28 2010 8:48 PM EDT2010-09-29 01:48:05 GMT
Critics of the coroner's inquest process point to the Erik Scott hearings as an example of the need for reform. Meanwhile, supporters of the system are coming to its defense. Among them, a retired Metro undersheriff who once faced a coroner's jury.More>>
Tuesday, September 28 2010 12:29 AM EDT2010-09-28 05:29:51 GMT
Much of the questioning in the coroner's inquest into the police shooting of Erik Scott has focused on where Scott's gun was at the moment he was shot to death. Witnesses have given conflicting testimony.More>>
Sunday, September 26 2010 1:04 PM EDT2010-09-26 18:04:11 GMT
Several witnesses testified Saturday at the coroner's inquest into the officer involved shooting death of Erik Scott. Scott was shot by police while leaving a Summerlin Costco on July 10. Some witnesses described Scott as reaching for a gun, others said it appeared he was handing it to the officer.More>>
Friday, September 24 2010 11:56 PM EDT2010-09-25 04:56:01 GMT
A District Attorney's Office investigator says a subpoena was issued for Erik Scott's girlfriend to appear at the inquest, but she has failed to do so. Several witnesses including Costco employees and shoppers were called to the stand Friday describe what they saw on the day Scott was killed.More>>
Friday, September 24 2010 10:41 AM EDT2010-09-24 15:41:47 GMT
The first person to take the stand Friday morning in the coroner's inquest will be Metro Police Officer William Mosher who fired the first shot at Erik Scott outside Costco on July 10. He started his testimony yesterday after jurors heard the 911 call made about Scott's unusual behavior.More>>
Wednesday, September 22 2010 9:14 PM EDT2010-09-23 02:14:35 GMT
The first day of the coroner's inquest into the death of Erik Scott outside a Summerlin Costco has finished. Seven jurors and four alternates are hearing the inquest.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- A chilling account of what happened Saturday afternoon at a Summerlin Costco has surfaced, blasting Las Vegas police for what witnesses call excessive force.
Erik Scott was shot and killed by police. Metro says he was armed and posed a threat, but witnesses are coming forward saying they don't believe that's true.
At least one of these accounts was from a couple who says they were just feet away from where Scott was shot. They says he didn't draw his gun or point it at police, but officers shot anyway.
Scott's cousin and family friends say witnesses are reaching out to them.
"The event immediately spiraled out of control, but not from the perspective of Erik who, from what his girlfriend said, was like absolutely stunned -- shocked that police were there. 'Why are police here? What's going on in the store?' Suddenly the police are firing," said family friend William Birnes.
The 38-year-old medical salesman had been inside Costco shopping with his girlfriend, when Metro says it received numerous 911 calls for his erratic behavior and reporting he was carrying a gun. This prompted the store to evacuate employees and customers.
According to his cousin, an eyewitness who was right next to Scott claims he didn't have a gun in his hand or appear to be hostile in any way. But Metro says that wasn't the case. They say they saw a weapon and that Scott was a threat.
"If I give you a command to drop the weapon or get on the ground, or whatever I happen to do, and you don't comply with that and you have a weapon in your hand, you continue moving forward and pointing at me, I'm going to definitely think that my life is in danger. I would definitely think, in my mind, that you're going to shoot me," said Metro Capt. Patrick Neville.
Three officers shot Scott seven times. The witness says he remembers his girlfriend screaming, "Why did you kill him? He is a military man with a license to carry a concealed weapon. You didn't need to kill him. You didn't need to kill him."
The officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The witness says once Scott was down and clearly not a threat, the manner in which authorities handled his lifeless body was "like a sack of potatoes." It is unknown if the witnesses have yet given their statement to police.
What will set the record straight is surveillance video and the 911 calls placed during the incident. But Metro will not release them until the coroner's inquest sometime in September.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.