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DA clears Henderson police in murder suspect's death

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Updated: 12/12/2012 4:20 pm
HENDERSON -- The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has determined that the Henderson Police Department officers involved in the July 23 death of Andy Soto acted reasonably and lawfully.

“Mr. Soto led the police on a high-speed chase that only ended when his car became disabled, tried to force his way into an elderly citizen’s car once surrounded by police, and refused to show his hands when ordered to,” District Attorney Steven Wolfson said. “He put the public at risk and remained a threat to the safety of the officers and citizens nearby.”

A weapon was not found on or near Soto, but officers reported that Soto had one hand inside the waistband of his pants during the entire confrontation. The report concluded that this, along with Soto’s other belligerent actions, led officers to believe he had a weapon.

At the time of his death, Soto was wanted on a murder warrant related to a deadly stabbing on July 4 in Las Vegas.

-- From news release
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