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LAS VEGAS -- The father of a Las Vegas businessman who was shot and killed by police at a Las Vegas Costco store says he's been receiving eyewitness reports which directly contradict the official version of Saturday's events.
William Scott, the father of Erik Scott, gave his first interview to 8 News NOW's George Knapp.
The shooting incident is different from almost anything we've seen in memory involving Metro Police, not only because there were more than three dozen eyewitnesses, but also because of who was shot.
Erik Scott was a West Point graduate who also had a degree from Duke. He was a successful businessman and his father is a nationally known aviation journalist with extensive contacts in military and intelligence circles.
Bill Scott says he will withhold judgement while the investigation continues, but it's clear he has serious questions about the reported sequence of events that ended with his son dead in front of a Costco.
"I can't make the connection between the cause and effect in this. There's no connection. The cause doesn't match the effect that my son was shot to death. The father part in me says call in the air strikes. The journalist part of me says withhold judgment. Don't react or assume until the facts are in," he said.
What bothers him most are the accounts that his son might have pulled a gun on police or made quick movements which prompted police to fire. Scott says Erik was trained to use and respect firearms from an early age and that it makes no sense that his son might have pointed a gun at anyone, let alone police officers.
"We will have to wait. Yes, it's distressing to see some of the reports out there. What's gratifying to me is the many very good first-hand accounts from people who were within six or eight feet and report a much different story than what I am seeing in the press. These reports are more consistent with the Eric that I know," he said.
Scott is a former Air Force flight test engineer whose classmates in the service include four astronauts. He says he will give Metro the benefit of the doubt while the investigation continues, but hints that he will bring other resources to bear if the family is unhappy with the results.
One thing that concerns him is the possibility that the security cameras at Costco will turn out to have been turned off or not working, which the family feels would be suspicious.