Vegas Cop Shoots, Kills Wrong Man
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.