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Morrison family hopes for closure from review of son's death

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 8/14/2013 9:37 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews 3) -- The district attorney’s office conducted a fact-finding review Wednesday into what led to a fatal police shooting in October.

The review focused on the death of 52-year-old Ronald Morrison, who was shot after police say he pointed a gun at officers.

Ronald Morrison's girlfriend at the time told officers that 10 days before the shooting, Morrison had lost his job and spiraled into a deep depression.

Morrison’s last days were a dark time for him. According to testimony by Detective Sam Smith, the girlfriend told Metro Morrison was losing control.

“She described Mr Morrison as a reoccurring alcoholic. She said he would do great for a couple years be working and then regress in to alcoholism,” Smith said told the fact-finding review board Wednesday,

After losing his job she told police Morrison binged for 10 straight days on alcohol.

Morrison ended up at a shopping center near Eastern and Desert Inn on October 29.

According to police, Morrison offered a homeless man something to eat.

That man told police he felt threatened by Morrison and ended up punching him. Police say the violence came next.

“He saw the individual come up, the individual had a gun and he started shooting,” Smith said.

The homeless man was shot at five times and hit once in the hand. When officers confronted the suspect he wouldn't obey.

“Mr Morrison was not complying, produced a gun and pointed it at her and she started walking backward,” Smith said.

Three Metro officers ended up shooting and killing Morrison.

“Are you of the opinion that the officers properly employed use of force here?” asked Ombudsman David Fischer who represented the public and Morrison's family during the review.

“Yes I am,” was Smith’s reply.

He spoke to Morrison’s father who lives in Rhode Island. The family was looking for closure, understanding their loved one was battling his vices.

“His honest response was that it was very unfortunate, his son suffered from alcoholism,” Fischer said. “That had been something that plagued him for a long time and he was saddened by the situation but he was also grateful to be able to get more information on what had happened.”
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