Las Vegas police officer suspended following shooting
A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer was suspended for shooting a man in the leg, back in November.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer was suspended for shooting a man in the leg, back in November.
That officer will be suspended for 40-hours without pay, and has to undergo an extensive training program made just for him.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie made the announcement at a news conference on Monday afternoon.
He said Officer Jacquar Roston was the only officer to respond to a domestic violence call, between a woman and her boyfriend.
The couple was parked on South Hollywood Boulevard.
Roston asked the woman to get out of the car. Moments later, police said the officer saw the man putting his hands underneath his seat and saw a shiny, metal object.
That's when police said the officer shot the man in the leg. Turns out, the suspect did not have a weapon.
"Officer Roston was wrong in his perception in what the passenger had in his hand, for he only had his hat. However, what you may not be aware of is what Roston observed the male passenger doing when he was reaching under the seat. The passenger was attempting to hide some marijuana," said Sheriff Gillespie.
The Use of Force Board recommended termination. The sheriff, who has the final say in these matters, opted for suspension.
Officer Roston has been with Metro since 2009.