Body camera video shows police officer shooting in Kohl's parking lot

LAS VEGAS - The man shot by a police officer in a Kohl's parking lot on Tuesday remains in critical condition at University Medical Center.

Metro Police held a news conference Friday to discuss the shooting of 30-year-old Guiseppe Russo.

Police were called to the parking lot at 6700 N. Durango Drive just before 2 p.m. on July 18 to check a report of man who was hitting his head against the side door of a vehicle. The license plate on the vehicle revealed that it was stolen, police said.

When Officer Jeffrey Burr entered the parking lot, he saw Russo standing next to the vehicle and ordered him to come to the front of the police car. Police said, Russo fled on foot and the officer chased him while continuing to issue commands. 

Burr was wearing a body camera and the video was shown at the news conference. It showed the chase through the parking lot and Russo reaching for what appeared to be a weapon in his waistband. According to police, Officer Burr shot at Russo five times, striking him in the arm and hip area. Burr gave Russo emergency treatment until paramedics arrived.

Police said, Russo has a prior record which includes convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and burglary.

Russo is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and a felon in possession of a weapon.

This is the 12th officer-involved shooting for 2017. LVMPD Force Investigation Team is currently investigating the officer's use of force in this incident. Their findings will be forwarded to the Clark County District Attorney's Office.

 

 

 


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