Nevada Highway Patrol Officer-Involved Shooting Caught on Camera
Bodycam Shows Suspect Pretend To Pull Gun Before Troopers Fatally Shoot Him
Las Vegas, Nevada — The Nevada Highway Patrol released body camera footage that shows a suspect pretends to pull and point a weapon before he was fatally shot by troopers in the northeast valley on Oct. 3, 2021. The suspect, 41-year-old Adrian Zarate-Cervantes, was in a fight with his wife, when he called 911, according to NHP.
Trooper Michael Abbate first stopped Zarate-Cervantes around 8:19 a.m. Trooper Mark Willner arrived three minutes later. Both troopers gave orders for Zarate-Cervantes to exit the vehicle with his hands up.
Both body-worn camera video and dashcam video appear to show Zarate-Cervantes reach into his waistband, behind his back, as if he was trying to grab a gun. Both troopers fired a single shot and Zarate-Cervantes fell to the ground.
The victim was directed to exit the vehicle, and the troopers rendered first aid to Zarate-Cervantes, but he died at the scene.
It was later discovered that Zarate-Cervantes did not have a weapon in his possession.
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