New police body camera video shows officer shoot and kill man with taser at hospital
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released new video Thursday that shows the moments leading up to Officer Thomas Rybacki firing at a man who pointed a taser at him in a hospital.
"This OIS is unlike any other that we’ve had. This is the first time we’ve had an OIS at a hospital,” said Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo.
It happened in a patient emergency room at University Medical Center. The shooting could lead to policy changes within the police department.
"We recognize we have several areas of concern,” said Fasulo. "Specifically, the introduction of a weapon into a hospital room and how the prisoner secured in that room and left alone even for a few seconds or minutes."
The incident started Sunday around 10:40 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of West Charleston Boulevard and Palmhurst Drive to investigate a report of a suicidal man.
“He (the caller) was saying that Metro is going to shoot him or take him to jail. O’Bryan also indicated he had a pistol on his side with nine rounds,” noted Fasulo.
The man was identified as 31-year-old Cody O’Bryan and there was an active parole and probation warrant for his arrest.
According to officers, O’Bryan was too intoxicated to go to jail, so he was taken to the UMC emergency room.
Police say a corrections officer dropped off a relief officer duty bag at the hospital early Monday morning. A taser, a radio, and leg restraints were inside the bag.
Officer Rybacki later briefly left the room, leaving the duty bag under a sink.
Police said O’Bryan got off the bed and removed the taser from the bag and placed it behind the bed and out of sight. Rybacki later moved the bag into the hallway.
“O’Bryan pulled the taser out and initially pointed the taser at the security guard,” explained Fasulo. "Rybacki entered the room and O’Bryan pointed the taser in his direction. He gave verbal commands to drop the taser. He fired one round, striking O’Bryan one time."
Police said O’Bryan is no stranger to law enforcement.
According to officers, he’s had seven suicide attempts in Henderson. LVMPD also reported that doctors thought O’Bryan was a danger to himself and held him in a psych ward on 15 separate occasions.