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Posted on 07/13/2010 3:47:06 AM PDT by marktwainEdited on 07/13/2010 4:51:40 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Metro police on Monday identified the three officers who shot and killed an armed man outside a Costco store in Summerlin.
They are Officer William Mosher, 38, a five-year veteran of the department, Officer Joshua Stark, 28, who has been with the department since September 2008, and Officer Thomas Mendiola, 23, who joined the department in March 2009.
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...then what in the hell is this about? A West Pointer running amok outside of a Costco? Doesn’t compute.
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“I couldn't agree with you more....My wife and I were 7 or 8 feet away from the shooting as were the police. We were to the suspects immediate right. We heard and saw the 3 police officers shouting to the man in question to ‘get on your knees’ several times. At that point the man appeared somewhat stunned by the commotion and shouting of the police. His Right arm went up in a defenseless position and it appeared his left arm appeared to be going up but there was NO gun in his hand. He was taserd and shot at the same time. At no time did the man in question ever raise his voice, shout an obscenity or become confrontational with the police. We saw the disabled man stooping to his right facing us with what appeared to be a bullet wound in his upper chest with blood coming from the wound and immediately his eyes became glossy as he began to convulse. At this point he was no threat to anyone, both hands were in full view of us and there was no gun. As he was down, the police continued to shout ‘put the gun down’ several times...but there was no gun in his hand as we had full vantage point view. The injured man was having agonal respirations, he was down when the second volly of bullets rang out. There was no doubt in question that following the second barrage of bullets the man was dead. His girlfriend was to the back side of us and began to scream.....why did you kill him, he is a military man with a license to carry a concealed weapon. You didn't need to kill him....you didn't need to kill him.
An officer then came up to the injured man who in my opinion was a ‘dead’ man’, was cuffed with his hands behind his back and no attempt by the officer to determine if the man was alive or dead. No apparent life saving aid was given to the ‘downed’ man. The man was totally lifeless when the Paramedics arrived on scene. I was absolutely surprised to see that no attempt at aggressive ACLS was engaged. They simply just picked up the body like a ‘sack of potatoes’ and hurled him onto the gurney and into the ambulance This was a crime scene.... the crime scene was violated. One of the paramedics who attended to an injured elderly lady said the man was dead. There was a dead man in front of Costco. What nobody is talking about is that there were many many spectators, many like ourselves within just a few feet of the victim when the shots rang out. It seems to me that the greater danger was posed not by the victim but by the police who fired many shots in the vicinity of the innocent public. I agree with you, I hope the media and your friends family can get their hands of Costco's Camera's which will indeed tell the rest of the story. Also it must be confirmed whether the second gun supposedly found by the victims side was indeed also registered to him as a licensed conceal and carry.
This whole incident was a monumental tragedy; a tragedy for the family and friend and also a tragedy for the involved officers who were pushed into a needless confrontation that reached hysterical proportions due to the overreaction of certain employees and bystanders. This was a needless death.
In summary it is our opinion that the victim did not pose an immediate threat to the public.....and in the final analysis was a case of excessive force
Looks like murder to me
I'm looking forward to viewing the store videos. I bet Costco will claim camera malfunction.
DOJ study found that when force is used by cops it is most often used inappropriately.
...something very wrong here
I declare war on Costco, it started with a failed store policy which led to the death of an honest individual and may also lead to the end of several officers careers, or their freedom.
All because of Costco allowing the employment of a poorly trained individual that started the whole deathly issue.
I honestly hope many others see this the same as I do.
I demand compensation of no less than $25,000,000 to the family of the man killed, and I hope for more.
“A man was killed because he was destroying merchandise.”
I will wait to see the video of the destruction before I consider that a fact. So far, we only have a clerk’s word that destruction of merchandise was taking place.
I just thought of the girlfriend. She must be a basket case right now.
I realize that all police aren't bad, but crap like this just pisses me off.
I’ve heard 3 different accounts of this story
I’ve heard 3 different accounts of this story
I’ve heard 3 different accounts of this story
One post for each version????????????????
Nope. Regardless of what happened in the store, if the witnesses are correct then the police officers appear to have acted in a reckless and irresponsible manner in shooting this man. If their careers and their freedom are forfeit then it's due entirely to their own actions and not Costco.
On the other hand, a police officer in Oakland shoots and unarmed man in the back and kills him and gets off with manslaughter. Maybe these guys will get a California jury like that?
We all want to see the video. Many eye witness accounts are unreliable, and the police certainly have a compelling interest in showing that their account is the one the public accepts. Most police never have to shoot someone, so the fact that the senior officer in this case killed another person just a few years ago, and the other officers were relative rookies, is relevant.
You’ve had three similar posts about this story...
“On the other hand, a police officer in Oakland shoots and unarmed man in the back and kills him and gets off with manslaughter. Maybe these guys will get a California jury like that?”
An unarmed, handcuffed man with 2-3 officers in the immediate area.
“Many eye witness accounts are unreliable”
And yet all of the police seem to have the exact same story.
Silly to blame Costco in this instance. There seems to be no info on if there even was anyone destroying merchandise and if this part was made up by an employee then no amount of training would have prevented it because the employee is a head case.
Perhaps a better screening process but even that is not perfect.
I lay all the responsibility on the police in this instance since it appears all the eye witnesses seem to agree there was no weapon in the hand of the deceased and the police had no reason whatever to even draw their weapons much less discharge them in a lot crowded with shoppers.
“Are you suggesting that the cops might have tried to all stick to the same lie.”
Yes I am saying they murdered this guy and are working to cover it up.
“So far, we only have a clerks word”
Well, somewhere I read another witness account who said the man was behaving normally in the store. Seems possible that the store employee who reported the destructive behavior may have just been trying to get the CCW guy in trouble after noticing he was carrying. That would be typical Lib style! The vids should tell the story, and if he was acting normally, the employee should be charged as an accomplice to murder! We’ll just have to wait and see/
I have a feeling Costco will admit the employee acted counter to the stores policies, the employee overly reacted and did not make an appropriate description of events to the 911 operator which led to the actions of the LEO’s.
One person cried fire in a theater or in this case yelled GUN!
All the more reason to conceal, and conceal properly, I used to live in LV, and during the summer its almost impossible to conceal unless you are wearing something inside an AC building such as a sports coat, during the summer its too easy to see an imprinted weapon.
I base how I conceal upon the weather condition, fortunately for me I live in a cool if not arctic climate.
This is Eriks father:
His father was in the Air Force, and his grandfather fought in World War II, friend Mike Pusateri said.
The most loyal, honest, trustworthy, salt-of-the-earth guy you could meet, said Pusateri, 38. You only meet one or two of those kinds of guys in your life, and Erik is one of them.
Does this make 9 altogether then?
“I just thought of the girlfriend. She must be a basket case right now.”
Yeah, I hope it wasn’t her idea to go to Costco.
I’d be willing to bet a buck that
“destruction of merchandise” = opening a box to check the contents.
Only if it comes from those who are directly responsible - the employee who shouted "wolf" and the cops who pulled the triggers.
Also, the cops should be charged and convicted and serve maximum terms for MURDER, as they shot someone that presented no threat to them. Unjustified homicide.
If this account is accurate, these officers are guilty of murder in the first degree, and should be subjected to the death penalty.There is no mitigating circumstance in this account.His death seems premeditated, although there is no evidence of it, their conduct indicates it.
Exact same story = collaboration. No good lawyer would not pursue this angle.
There are cameras everywhere.
These better, for the sake of civil unrest, be released for public viewing.
Otherwise, they’re conspiring to cover up a murder.
Try shooting someone in the street for keying your car. Two set of rules even here in Nevada.
If there were video evidence supporting the Cops version of this story, it would have been made public immediately. The only reason it has not been shown in my opinion is to cover up the cold blooded murder of a private citizen by 3 thugs.
Too many police shouldn’t be allowed to carry deadly weapons. It’s a conundrum. You can’t be too smart and be a cop - you’d get too bored. So, you need basically stupid people, but then you allow them to open carry and terrorize the rest of the population.
And maybe caucasians will riot?
"It was like he was trying it out," the man said. "I think possibly he was trying to see if it would fit in his backpack."
I have seen the cops getting more and more out of control. Its a product of the brainwashing that has been going on for the last 50-100 years in schools. Instead of teaching independence and a disdain for authority that early Americans cherished, we are giving our liberties away legally and putting up with over zealous cops. A lot of them are coming back from hot zones overseas after serving, and forget this is not a war zone.
While i respect law and authority, i am becoming ever increasingly disturbed by behavior of LEOs all over this country. Most of them don’t give a flying-flip about Constitutional rights. The majority are well intentioned, but a badge doesn’t give you the right to do what ever you want. I’m not sure this applies in this case, but from the reports i’ve read, there was nothing warranting killing this man.
Whenever I hear about a cop needlessly shooting others I remember Columbine HS. The armed cops sat outside while the unarmed students were inside; the cops cared more for their own safety than that of anyone else. During their hours of cowardice, a teacher bled to death.
When the students finally left the school, they did so in front of cops who trained their weapons on the innocent. Wow....I was impressed....not.
When cops get together, you can count on their stories getting together as well. As Columbine showed, they care for themselves more than anyone else.
I want to hear the 9-1-1 tape and see the Costco surveillance video that supports the Costco employee’s version of events.
NOT to excuse the murder of Mr. Scott, but this would be an active and potentially confusing situation to enter as a LEO. Add to that the poor job most people do communicating to 911. Again, this DOES NOT excuse the (apparent) unjustified shooting of Mr. Scott, but it does add a level of complexity. The tragic irony is that the victim likely had the training to properly handle the situation whereas the LEOs obviously didn't.
This sounds like typical cops shoot first, cover up later.
Honestly, until a few cops get personally bankrupted or hung in cases like this, nothing will change.
I hope those officers have consciences so guilty, that they can’t sleep. I hope they are tormented for taking an innocent life. It’s not Christian of me to do so, but that’s the way I feel. They need to be FIRED, pronto.
As posted on another thread:
We need fewer cops on taxpayer dole and more citizens carrying. Crime rate would be down and fewer wrongful shootings would occur.
“His death seems premeditated”
Cops in general don’t take kindly to ciitzens carrying weapons.
I know personally about 5 cops and you are 100% correct.
They are thugs and have a street gang mentality and would roll you and beat you mercilessly for next to nothing.
Protect & Serve? YEAH RIGHT.
I would not want their job but I increasingly don’t trust cops. I believe they are being taught to distance themselves from treating the public like people and more like animals to be controlled.
The cops are so spooked that a traffic stop can turn out to be a life ending experience.
Frankly, it is feeling like we live in a police state. On the roads I travel there are not too few but too many cops and they all seem to be looking for someone to hassle. The more normal and innocent the better. No need to deal with the felons, hit on someone easy.