Vegas Cop Shoots, Kills Wrong Man

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Metro Police have released surveillance footage from inside a 7-Eleven that shows the seconds leading up to an officer shooting an unarmed man he mistakenly believed to be a homicide suspect. The victim, 30-year-old Antoine Hodges, suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Undersheriff Jim Dixon said during a media briefing Thursday. Hodges has been treated and released from University Medical Center. Officer James Evans, who fired the single shot at Hodges, has been placed on administrative leave pending a case review by the District Attorney’s Office and an internal investigation. Evans, a five-year veteran of the department, spoke with homicide detectives Monday, Dixon said. The officer-involved shooting unfolded shortly after 10:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the 7-Eleven located at the corner of Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue. Dixon said Evans was working patrol when he saw a “black male adult with shoulder-length, braided hair” in the parking lot of the convenience store and gas station. The man seemed to match the description of a suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide that occurred Oct. 20 at the Pacific Harbor Apartments, 5150 E. Sahara Ave., Dixon said.

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  1. Sword100
    Sword100 Nov 02, 2013

    Was the wrong guy killed? If so it was a miracle when the man was treated and later released from the hospital. What is the real story?

  2. Falconi
    Falconi Nov 03, 2013

    It looks like the fellow put his hand behind his back as the officer approached and continued to back away. Lesson here is if a cop is pointing his gun at you, make damn sure he knows where your hands are.

  3. ARMYtango
    ARMYtango Nov 04, 2013

    Hand in pocket, then hand behind back near waistband....I would shoot too.

  4. sph1984
    sph1984 Nov 08, 2013

    Though there was no audio. I could see the suspect backing up, and reaching behind his back with his right arm. I'm sorry he was shot, but if you do as the police say, they won't shoot you.

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