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Operation Bad Company Nets 29 Arrests

LAS VEGAS -- Dozens of career criminals got an unexpected knock on their door Tuesday morning. Las Vegas police arrested 29 people from all over the valley in Operation Bad Company. Police say these suspects were were behind home invasions, burglaries and auto thefts, and more arrests are coming.

This wasn't one large crime ring; rather several small crime rings who made the mistake of selling stolen items to undercover police officers.

Several months ago, the northwest area of town was hit with several home invasions. Some of the criminals arrested were behind that string of incidents. Twenty-nine people are in custody, but 10 more people will be arrested or charged soon.

Witnesses Provide Conflicting Testimony in Coroner's Inquest

LAS VEGAS -- Much of the questioning in the coroner's inquest into the police shooting of Erik Scott has focused on where Scott's gun was at the moment he was shot to death.

As the inquest entered its fifth day of testimony, Costco shoppers and employees testified, sometimes with contradicting stories about what they witnessed.

Clayton Phillips, a Costco employee who was shopping after his shift, said he was only eight to 10 feet away from Scott at the time of the shooting. He testified he clearly heard officers shout, "Get down. Get down. Drop your weapon." 

"As he pulled his firearm out, and as his hand come up like this, I immediately heard the first shot. I was immediately stunned for a moment, and I thought here we go. We're going to have a shootout," said Phillips.

Officer Testifies at Coroner's Inquest for Erik Scott

LAS VEGAS -- On day two of the coroner's inquest, jurors heard the 911 call made by a Costco supervisor to report a man acting erratically and carrying a gun. They also heard from the first police officer to confront Erik Scott.

Jurors are hearing testimony in the case of the officer involved shooting of Scott at the Summerlin Costco on July 10.

Metro Police Officer William Mosher started his testimony late Thursday afternoon and said as soon as he came into contact with Erik Scott, the situation got tense and Scott got defensive and reached for his gun.

Mosher was the first to meet Scott and his girlfriend outside the store. Mosher testified that Scott's eyes looked bloodshot, and he "seemed basically out of it."

"He says, 'I have a gun," Officer Mosher testified. "At that point, he uses his right hand, reaches into his waistband area where the firearm is, and he begins to come up with the firearm."

Las Vegas Review Columnist Arrested for DUI

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Review columnist John L. Smith was arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of driving drunk.

A Metro motorcycle officer said he pulled Smith over for texting and making an unsafe lane change on U.S. 95 near Ann Road. The officer suspected Smith had been drinking.

Smith did make bail on Sunday morning and was released.

 

First Day of Erik Scott Coroner's Inquest Finishes

LAS VEGAS -- The first day of the coroner's inquest into the death of Erik Scott outside a Summerlin Costco has finished. Seven jurors and four alternates are hearing the inquest.

The District Attorney has a list of 22 witnesses, but that could change. The Scott family attorney may ask to add a few as well.

"The jury's role is to determine whether the death was justifiable, excusable or criminal. Excusable death is accidental, justifiable is self-defense or defense of another against action that is apparent or dangerous. Anything outside those two is criminal," said prosecutor Chris Owens.

On July 10, Scott and his girlfriend were shopping at the Costco. Police reports said Scott started acting erratically and getting into arguments with store personnel about his concealed weapon.

Police Looking for Bar Robber

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are on the hunt for a man they say robbed four bars in the last month and may be responsible for a fifth.

Police say the suspect jumps the counter with a gun and demands money.

Police say the first robbery occurred on August 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the area of west Charleston and Jones. The second happened on August 16 at 10:20 a.m. in the area of Sahara and Valley View. The third robbery was on September 10 at 10:24 a.m. in the area of Rainbow and Sahara and the latest occurred on September 12 at 12:24 a.m.

Police say the suspect is a black male, 21 to 28-years-old, weighing 150 to 170 ponds with a moustache, a goatee and a tattoo on his right forearm.

Scott Family Not Allowed to View Coroner's Evidence

LAS VEGAS -- According to a letter sent from the Clark County Courts to the family attorney of Erik Scott, the man shot by police outside a Summerlin Costco, the family will not be allowed to view the evidence to be used at the coroner's inquest before the proceeding.

In the letter, Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino says county code does not "contain any language that would enable inspection of evidence before the time of the inquest."

Read the letter sent to Attorney Ross Goodman

The Scott family filed a motion with the court to allow a representative to view the police evidence before the inquest to better prepare for questioning of witnesses.