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September 30, 2014

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D.A. exonerates Henderson Police in 2012 fatal shooting

Henderson Police Department officers acted reasonably and lawfully in the November 2012 fatal shooting of the suspect in a strong-armed car robbery, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson ruled today.

In a news release, Wolfson said the suspect, Justin Hoey, “repeatedly ignored officers’ commands to drop his weapon, and instead pointed it at the police. Mr. Hoey showed a blatant disregard for his own life and the lives of those around him.”

The incident started late Nov. 6, 2012, according to reports, when police responded to reports of a man punching a woman in the face, threatening to kill her and stealing her Chevrolet TrailBlazer in a parking lot at 2990 St. Rose Parkway. At the scene, the victim told officers her attacker was her ex-boyfriend Hoey.

Police located Hoey and chased him on foot to the bottom of an embankment next to a fenced wash near St. Rose Parkway and South Eastern Avenue. Officers repeatedly told Hoey to drop his weapon. Hoey refused and threatened to take his own life. After more than an hour of discussions with a crisis negotiator, Hoey pointed the gun at officers, who shot him.

Wolfson made today’s findings based on police information and details presented in a Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review on June 14.

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