Report: Las Vegas police were justified in fatal shooting
A final report was released on Monday that reviews the actions of two Las Vegas police officers in a fatal shooting.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson released a final report on Monday that shows the actions of Las Vegas police officers Russell Ellsworth and Brandon Oris were reasonable and legally justified in the shooting death of Daniel Hathorne.
On Nov. 1, 2012, Hathorne was locked out of his Cambridge Street apartment after failing to pay his rent. He subsequently broke his apartment window to gain re-entry.
The next morning, when confronted by the apartment complex manager, Hathorne told her, according to the report, "If you come in again, I'm going to take you hostage. Today's not the day. I'm going on a killing spree."
The manager left and called police.
When police arrived, Hathorne fled on foot. As police pursue him, he took a 65-year-old woman hostage by grabbing her and putting a large kitchen knife to her throat.
Officers Ellsworth and Oris were approximately 10 to 12 feet away. They drew their weapons and ordered Hathorne to drop the knife. He repeatedly refused to obey commands given by the officers. He then told officers to drop their weapons, and shifted to the side of the victim.
Officer Ellsworth fired two rounds and Officer Oris fired five rounds at Hathorne, who was struck on the right side of his body. He fell to the ground and the victim ran away, unharmed.
The determination that the officers acted lawfully is based upon the evidence available at this time.
To view the full report, click here.