North Las Vegas Police say state assemblyman had gun
Investigators have revealed new details about the arrest of a local lawmaker, who's accused of threatening one of his colleagues.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Investigators have revealed new details about the arrest of a local lawmaker, who's accused of threatening one of his colleagues.
Investigators say State Assembly Speaker-Elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick called 911 in a frenzy Saturday evening. She claimed to have been warned by colleagues about very serious threats to her safety made by Assemblyman Steve Brooks.
"We met with Kirkpatrick and the other sources who claimed that threats were made," says North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell. "They told us where Brooks likely was, and when we found him, he had a firearm and ammunition in his car."
Police haven't revealed if that gun was loaded.
"The firearm was not stolen and it was not registered to Brooks," Sgt. Bedwell says. "We're still investigating why he had it, and if the person who the firearm is registered to, knew Brooks had it."
Brooks was arrested on the felony charge of threatening a public official. His attorney, Mitchell Posin, says Brooks is innocent.
"There's a lot crazy information out there, and there's a lot of crazy information that has not come out yet," Posin says. "When all that information does come out, I think a lot of the things that look bad for Brooks now, are going to be seen in a different context."
Brooks failed to show up for a press conference Tuesday morning in Carson City. It was a press conference he set up in order to address the media.
Instead Brooks was admitted into a local hospital Tuesday morning for what his attorney says is a physical ailment.
Brooks has been put on unpaid leave from the city of Las Vegas, where he works as a management analyst for the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department.
The Clark County District Attorney's office has now handed this case over to the Nevada Attorney General.