Dramatic bodycam footage of the latest Metro officer-involved shooting

LAS VEGAS - Metro released new body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting that left a man hospitalized over the weekend. The shooting happened Saturday at a Terrible's gas station on North Decatur near Vegas Drive.

Metro was called out after an attempted robbery. The suspect's car may have been involved in two previous robbery attempts in the area. By the time police arrived, officers say Richard Mitchell was holding a bat and refusing to put it down.

As officers pulled into the parking lot of the gas station, they identified the vehicle and Mitchell. Police say Mitchell has an extensive criminal record in California and Las Vegas. Officers say Mitchell was given numerous commands to drop the bat.

Sgt. Miguel Garcia fired a less lethal handgun 4 times but it was ineffective. Metro says the suspect then began striking the front doors of the business with the bat, making his way inside the store.
Sgt. Garcia fired his pistol striking Mitchell in order to prevent him from hurting others nearby.

Assistant Sherriff Todd Fasulo says this video speaks for itself. Fasulo says, "these guys showed a lot of strength at the very beginning there. They pull out a lethal which is within our policy for us to do."

This is the 22nd officer involved shooting in Metro's jurisdiction this year. It is the 12th non-fatal OIS.


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