District attorney rules November police shooting in Henderson lawful

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District attorney rules November police shooting in Henderson lawful

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Oct 15, 2013

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County District Attorney's Office has determined that a shooting of a man last November in Henderson was reasonable and lawful.

Justin Hoey was killed after he ignored officers' commands to drop his weapon and pointed his gun at police, according to District Attorney Steven Wolfson.

Wolfson went on to say in a press release that Hoey, "Showed a blatant disregard for his own life and the lives of those around him."

According to the just-released review, police initially responded to reports of Hoey stealing a vehicle after punching a woman in the face and threatening to kill her.

Police located Hoey in the area of St. Rose Parkway and South Eastern Avenue and pursued him on foot into a wash area.

Officers then told Hoey to drop his weapon but he refused and threatened to kill himself.

Police officers attempted to negotiate with Hoey for an hour until he pointed his gun at the officers.

It was at that time that Hoey was shot and killed.

The determination that the officers acted lawfully is based upon the evidence available at this time,.

The case could be reexamined if new information comes to light.

A fact-finding review was held in June.

The full review can be read here.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the Digital Executive Producer for KTNV.com and writes for Now Trending.