Monday, July 12, 2010

3 Officers Involved in Shooting at Summerlin Costco in Las Vegas

This is a horribly tragic situation.

Training seems to be the key element missing here.

Officers In Costco Shooting Identified

3 Officers Involved in Shooting at Summerlin Costco

Updated Sept 16/2010 Info:

Gunned Down in Vegas: What Really Happened to Erik Scott?

The comments say it all:

I couldn't agree with you more....My wife and I were 7 or 8 feet away from the shooting as were the police. We were to the suspects immediate right. We heard and saw the 3 police officers shouting to the man in question to 'get on your knees' several times. At that point the man appeared somewhat stunned by the commotion and shouting of the police. His Right arm went up in a defenseless position and it appeared his left arm appeared to be going up but there was NO gun in his hand. He was taserd and shot at the same time. At no time did the man in question ever raise his voice, shout an obscenity or become confrontational with the police. We saw the disabled man stooping to his right facing us with what appeared to be a bullet wound in his upper chest with blood coming from the wound and immediately his eyes became glossy as he began to convulse. At this point he was no threat to anyone, both hands were in full view of us and there was no gun. As he was down, the police continued to shout 'put the gun down' several times...but there was no gun in his hand as we had full vantage point view. The injured man was having agonal respirations, he was down when the second volly of bullets rang out. There was no doubt in question that following the second barrage of bullets the man was dead. His girlfriend was to the back side of us and began to scream.....why did you kill him, he is a military man with a license to carry a concealed weapon. You didn't need to kill didn't need to kill him.
An officer then came up to the injured man who in my opinion was a 'dead' man', was cuffed with his hands behind his back and no attempt by the officer to determine if the man was alive or dead. No apparent life saving aid was given to the 'downed' man. The man was totally lifeless when the Paramedics arrived on scene. I was absolutely surprised to see that no attempt at aggressive ACLS was engaged. They simply just picked up the body like a 'sack of potatoes' and hurled him onto the gurney and into the ambulance This was a crime scene.... the crime scene was violated. One of the paramedics who attended to an injured elderly lady said the man was dead. There was a dead man in front of Costco. What nobody is talking about is that there were many many spectators, many like ourselves within just a few feet of the victim when the shots rang out. It seems to me that the greater danger was posed not by the victim but by the police who fired many shots in the vicinity of the innocent public. I agree with you, I hope the media and your friends family can get their hands of Costco's Camera's which will indeed tell the rest of the story. Also it must be confirmed whether the second gun supposedly found by the victims side was indeed also registered to him as a licensed conceal and carry.
This whole incident was a monumental tragedy; a tragedy for the family and friend and also a tragedy for the involved officers who were pushed into a needless confrontation that reached hysterical proportions due to the overreaction of certain employees and bystanders. This was a needless death.

In summary it is our opinion that the victim did not pose an immediate threat to the public.....and in the final analysis was a case of excessive force

1 comment:

Breck1011 said...

I totally agree with you. What I haven't heard yet is what got these cops so hot. I overheard the guy in costco that was working undercover in security. He was the guy on the blue tooth headset wearing a black UFC shirt. He was talking to someone about how "this guy was destroying merchandise. and then I saw his gun and it was a whole different story". Then I hear he helped him put the merchandise into the cart. I believe that guy got everyone way to excited. The message relayed to the police was about a guy acting berserk in costco with a gun. Those cops showed up acting like it was the Columbine Killers inside Costco. And then to evacuate us out side into the gunfight. The cops were shooting toward me while I held a baby 10 feet away. What idiots. I think Costco is partially to blame. No one even asked if he was law enforcement. What if he was off duty. Or a Fed. They didn't even know. They just started shooting.