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Las Vegas Officer 'Had No Other Option' Than Shoot Man Pointing Gun

March 04, 2016  | 

The suspect pointed a gun at an officer and was shot.
The suspect pointed a gun at an officer and was shot.

A Metro Police sergeant pleaded with a man to drop a gun, later determined to be fake, several times before shooting him Monday night, according to Metro Police, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

It wasn't until Juan Carlos Lopez-Aguilar pulled a bullet from his pocket and pointed the gun at police that Sgt. William Matchko fired a round, Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Thursday during a news conference.

Lopez-Aguilar, 42, survived the gunshot wound in his right shoulder, McMahill said.

An investigation later led police to determine that Lopez-Aguilar might have been intent on suicide by cop, according to McMahill.

Police did not shoot until he grabbed what they believed to be a bullet from his pocket, simulated putting it in the gun and pointing the gun at an officer.

Investigators later found the bullet, McMahill said.

Sgt. William Matchko "was trying to do literally everything that he could to not have to pull the trigger that particular day," McMahill said. "In reality at the time that he used deadly force, he felt that he had no other option."

Police said Thursday that Lopez-Aguilar faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer with a firearm, reports the Associated Press.

Police said state law defining the charges indicate they can apply to the perception of a deadly weapon and firearm, even when the gun turns out to be fake.


Comments (3)

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Marcus @ 4/2/2016 1:04 AM

Since apparently police are allowed to murder people that are heavily restrained and begging like Kelly Thomas and or Daniel Shaver and hundreds more.. I don't think police even need to worry about the options anymore.. they can just kill whoever they feel like and know they are going to get slapped on the wrist for it.

Marcus @ 4/2/2016 1:10 AM

And i'm sure it was real convincing the suspect taking out a bullet without any gun..
Apparently he police don't understand basic shooting physics.. that you actually need a gun to shoot bullets???

What's next? Shooting up some school children because they carried pencils in a menacing way?
Or grandma might have tried to burn you with that cookie tray, so load up the shotguns.

Marcus @ 4/2/2016 1:14 AM

And it's funny.. the police shoot up Lopez-Aguilar and yet he is the one arrested for assault :).

Grandma better watch out with that cookie tray.

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