JammedUp News

News

Las Vegas Police shot and killed wanted man after cell phone was mistaken for a gun

January 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Las Vegas Police shot and killed wanted man after cell phone was mistaken for a gun

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

 Police officers in Los Vegas mistook a cell phone for a gun when they opened fire and a man wanted for attempted murder suspect during a confrontation on Thursday; officials confirmed in a statement.

Authorities have not released the man’s name. U.S. Marshals sought his arrest for a number of violent felony charges, including attempted murder in Arizona

Police officials said in the statement that the man was a fugitive, on the run from federal authorities, who called Las Vegas Police for assistance in the search.

The man had been under surveillance at a home west of downtown Vegas. The officers confronted the suspect; who they believed he had a firearm. He was told to stop and ordered to drop the gun, when the man started to move toward them, they opened fire, killing him at the scene.

Investigators found afterwards that the man was not armed, but instead  was holding a cellphone, police spokesman Larry Hadfield confirmed. No other injuries were reported in the fatal shooting.

According to the Las Vegas Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing, Capt. Matt McCarthy, the cops opened fire because the confrontation took place in a residential neighborhood, and the man wanted for attempted murder, looked as if he had a gun in his possession.

“The suspect did not listen, quickly began to advance on the officers, concealing his right hand, which the officers believed was carrying a firearm,” McCarthy said in a video message that accompanied the police statement.

Police officials said the names of the two officers involved are will be released soon as part of department policy.

Last year, there was a total of 16 shootings involving police around the Las Vegas area.

Get the latest news from the world of crime