LAS VEGAS -- Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson determined Henderson Police acted lawfully in the July 23 fatal shooting of Andy Soto.
"Mr. Soto led the police on a high-speed chase that only ended when his car became disabled, tried to force his way into an elderly citizen's car once surrounded by police, and refused to show his hands when ordered to," Wolfson said. "He put the public at risk and remained a threat to the safety of the officers and citizens nearby."
Soto was not found to have a weapon, but officers reported that he had one hand inside the waistband of his pants during the entire confrontation. The report concluded that this, along with Soto's other actions, led officers to believe he had a weapon.
At the time of his death, Soto was wanted on a murder warrant related to a deadly stabbing on July 4 in Las Vegas. Police had Soto under surveillance at a house on West Pacific Avenue in Henderson in order to try to arrest Soto on the outstanding murder warrant.
According to the report released today by the district attorney, when a person who appeared to be Soto left the house and drove away, police followed and then tried to pull him over when he ran a red light. Soto fled and led police on a high-speed chase that ended when his car struck a raised median at Boulder Highway and Warm Springs Road.
Soto got out of the car and unsuccessfully tried to get into the car of an elderly woman in the area. Meanwhile, officers told Soto to show his hands, but instead he kept one hand in the waistband of his pants. When Soto made a quick motion with the hand that was in his waistband, officers shot him.
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