DA Releases Review of April Police Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County District Attorney's office has ruled that Metro Police officers acted "reasonably and lawfully" in the shooting death of Sharmel T. Edwards, 49.

According to police, officers shot Edwards several times after she pointed a firearm at them about 4:15 a.m. on April 21. Police had responded to a report that Edwards had stolen a car and pulled her over in a parking lot on Jones Boulevard near Smoke Ranch Road.

Officers then spent about 40 minutes telling Edwards to show them her hands and get out of the car, according to a review released by the district attorney's office.

"The police officers gave Ms. Edwards ample opportunity to end their confrontation in a nonviolent manner," District Attorney Steven Wolfson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, as numerous witnesses stated, she ignored the officers' commands and exited the vehicle with a gun drawn. She left the officers with no choice."

Because coroner's inquests, which had in the past reviewed officer-involved shootings, are stalled in a legal battle, Wolfson has ordered his office to review backlogged cases.


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