Commissioner to face charges for discharging a gun
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Commissioner Tom Collins of North Las Vegas has been charged with two misdemeanors relating to an incident with a gun at his house the night before the Fourth of July.
Collins allegedly fired his handgun outside of his home in the 4200 block of North Decatur Boulevard at around 11:13 p.m. July 3.
According to the police report, Collins was drinking at the time of the incident. Collins told the police that he was mad at his tree so he took his firearm out of a truck and began shooting at the tree and a post in his backyard.
Police discovered three spent casings and empty Coors beer cans in the yard.
Police investigated the incident after receiving 911 calls from neighbors.
The case was originally forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review for a gross misdemeanor charge. However, the DA decided to deny that charge.
North Las Vegas police then sent the case to the City Attorney's office requesting lesser misdemeanor charges.
City Attorney Jeffrey Barr filed the charges saying the case should go forward in order to remain consistent with the city's stance against illegal gunfire.
Collins is being charged with one count of discharging a firearm within city limits and one count of disturbing the peace.
The maximum penalty if convicted of each charge is $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail,.
Collins will be arraigned in North Las Vegas Municipal Court on Sept. 24, 2012.