North Las Vegas Police says criminal charges are not pending against two Metro Police employees who inadvertently shot a relative in their home on Christmas Eve.
North Las Vegas Police say they were called to the 3600 block of Kelcie Marie Avenue near W. Ann Road and Allen Lane at about 11:30 p.m.
When officers arrived at the scene, they learned what transpired to cause two Metro employees — a man and woman — to fire their weapons at what they believed was a burglar.
However, the person shot was a relative who lives with them. The relative wasn’t expected home that night. Investigators say the relative was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
None of the people involved in the incident have been identified. However, 8 News NOW has learned one of Metro employees is a corrections officer.
Metro Police says it doesn’t know of any policy violations that would warrant an investigation. There is a policy regarding the accidental discharge of a firearm, but that doesn’t apply in the recent situation.
Under Metro’s policy, an accidental discharge would require an investigation by the Force Investigation Team, but that’s in cases where a gun goes off while an officer is cleaning it or after a gun fires when the officer may have been pointing it, and didn’t mean to pull the trigger.
In the North Las Vegas case, the Metro employees did intend to fire their guns because they thought the person they were shooting at was an intruder.
However, the incident isn’t considered an officer-involved shooting because the Metro employees weren’t on duty, and they weren’t acting in the capacity of police officers.
That is why North Las Vegas Police are investigating it as a situation in which the homeowners thought they were dealing with what they perceived was a threat in their own home.
Police in North Las Vegas are still investigating, but at this point 8 News NOW has been told, there’s nothing that leads them to pursue criminal charges.