Police release several views of deadly confrontation with assault suspect
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Footage of a deadly officer-involved shooting provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released Tuesday shows officers shouting verbal commands before firing the fatal shots.
The confrontation occurred around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in a convenience store parking lot on the 700 block of East Pyle Avenue, near Pollock Drive, Officers found the suspect, later identified as Phillip Pitts, 41, choking his wife in front of their 10-year-old daughter.
Officer David Nesheiwat, 33, fired four shots. Pitts later died from his injuries at UMC Trauma. His wife also was hit by a bullet.
“What we believe, it was through and through the suspect's arm and went into her abdomen,” said LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts. “It was our round. The suspect did not fire any rounds.”
A witness to Saturday’s event captured the confrontation on his cellphone.
“I saw the gun in his hand, he was pointing it at her head,” said Alex Franco. “As far as (others’) safety, he wasn't complying.”
“Whenever the officer believes someone's life is in danger, they can use deadly force.” Roberts said.