LVMPD demonstrate events of officer-involved shootings


The shooting I witnessed today was staged, no one was really hurt.

But it was all made to seem as real as possible.

We heard from three officers on Thursday, who've been in shootings.

Some of them, you probably remember.

I went to Walmart with the absolute certainty I was going to be in a shooting.

June 8, 2014, was one of the darkest days in LVMPD history.

It's the day two officers were shot and killed while eating lunch at a pizza shop.

Two suspects ran into a nearby Walmart and killed a third person.

Officer Brett Brosnahan wasn't just there, he helped end it. He shot one of the killers. It's something he thinks about every day.

"Usually it's dreams, sometimes it's nightmares. More grief related", said Brosnahan

On Thurday, LVMPD gave us rare access into what goes on before, during and after an officer-involved shooting.

Officers staged a surprise drill as our cameras were rolling.

The scenario: A routine traffic stop leads to gunfire.

While an actual investigation would take hours, this demonstration moved much quicker.

Crime scene analysts move in, detectives interviewing witnesses, including myself, to get a complete picture of who saw what.

I missed the gun in the suspect's hand. My view was blocked.

Also at the scene, the assistant District Attorney. The standard at officer-involved shootings.

More photos are taken.

The officer's gun was examined.

Things investigators know are routine.

But what about the people behind the badge?

Abudubi Lewis and Carlos Luna were involved in another high profile case.

They stopped a murder suspect who was waving a gun around a residential neighborhood. Metro K-9 Nicky was killed in the crossfire.

The men say their families are affected by the job too.

"The fact that K-9 Nicky was hit, every time I see a dog I think of that", said Lewis.

The interviews you usually don't hear.

Behind every shooting, the officer who will live with a split second decision.

Pull the trigger. Stop the threat.

Metro shootings are down. So far, this year there have been four. There were 10 last year. And THAT was a 20 year low.

Police say the drop attributed to training.

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