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Video: Fugitive Ignored 24 Commands from Officers Before Being Shot

January 05, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Fugitive Ignored 24 Commands from Officers Before Being Shot

A wanted man who Las Vegas police officers fatally shot on New Year's Eve ignored at least 24 verbal commands to surrender before the gunshots, reports KVVU.

Las Vegas Metro police discussed Monday the officer-involved shooting of 23-year-old Keith Childress Jr. Officers and U.S. marshals confronted Childress while he was being sought as a fugitive.

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told media members marshals were seeking Childress after he skipped out on sentencing in a home invasion case out of the Phoenix area.

Childress was also told that he would be shot if he walked closer to the officers, which he did. Two officers opened fire on Childress, who was shot five times.

Childress died at the scene. Officers later searched Childress for any weapons. McMahill said the object Childress held throughout the encounter was a cell phone.

McMahill also noted marshals told officers Childress was armed and dangerous and wanted for attempted murder. The charge, though, turned out to be false, according to McMahill.


Comments (6)

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Leonard Mather @ 1/5/2016 6:44 PM

The Childress encounter will make a good training vignette regarding the topic of respecting authority, complying with lawful orders and resulting in an outcome other than death. Chronic obstructionists and those with Oppositional Disorder all too often become candidates for the Darwin Award. The latter is an award given to those of normal or above average intelligence who have behaved in a stupid manner resulting in their removing themselves from the gene pool, thereby making it impossible to procreate their kind. As a result the probability of having similar stupid results are null and void. Hence the Darwin Award. Childress sounds like a viable candidate.

John retired IA PD @ 1/6/2016 7:10 PM

All these people have to do is comply with authority, and they can live. But, noncompliance is what got them to this point in the first place. Stay safe blues.

Leonard @ 1/7/2016 8:10 AM

Frightening statement @John. The comply or die mentality that too many cops have and some of the public accepted. But once again, I question the actions of any officer that shoots anyone and that person is unarmed.

Robert @ 1/7/2016 10:22 AM

John...I would agree with Leonard on this one.
Whether it warrants criminal charges or not, if probably debatable. My feeling is that these cases (unarmed person shot by police)..should always go to a trial. At that trial, the "reasonable officer" standard will be decided by a jury (not by the DA). This provides the public with confidence that the system works for everyone, equally and fairly.

This is actually kind of surprising to me, as the LV metro police have made a policy change over about the last 5 years to move away from the shoot first option...and they specifically train for deescalation tactics to be used.

John retired IA PD @ 1/7/2016 1:17 PM

Guess I wasn't clear enough on my point. Folks want the police to do the job in a professional, safe for everyone, manner and be held accountable for their actions. And I certainly agree with that. My comment was about those that chose not to comply and the end result was tragic, right or wrong. My question is this: Why do so many people feel that it is their right to choose noncompliance during their law enforcement encounters? Comply and take the shoot don't shoot decision away from the officer. Then go to court and plead your case there.

Robert @ 1/7/2016 9:59 PM

John.
I guess we will never really know in this case.
In general, I think it comes down to 2 causes: poor decision making...and not understanding the gravity of the situation.
First, most of these people have made a poor decision to get to this encounter...it may not be criminal, but it still led to a bad outcome. We all make poor decisions.

Critically, I don't think people understand the peril they may be in.
Here is the classic example: you get pulled over for a traffic stop. The civilian, wanting to be helpful (or to speed up the process) reaches in their glove compartment for paperwork as the LEO walks up. The officer sees this completely different...pulls a gun.

Was the civilian being hostile..no. They just did not understand the situation.
The vast majority of people do not think like a criminal or a cop...so they do not understand the peril...or the thought process.

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