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New video of police shooting released

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 4/25/2012 4:34 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Metro police are in the cross hairs of criticism once again after a weekend shooting. News 3's Reed Cowan obtained photos of three of the five officers who fired on 49-year-old Sharmel Edwards.


We're not only getting our first look at most of the officers on administrative leave, we're also getting our hands on new video taken at the scene of the shooting now part of evidence.

News 3 has obtained cell phone video taken by a woman who watched the entire 30 minute standoff and shooting. When it was over, Sharmel Edwards lay dead in a parking lot.

News 3 has confirmed the video was requested by police from the woman who shot it and is now a part of evidence.

In the video, you can clearly hear police telling Edwards, "not going to hurt you" and to "please cooperate with what we are saying."

But seconds later, gunfire erupts. Police saying Edwards -- who worked as a behavioral therapist with children -- had a gun.

Witnesses telling news three it was a cell phone and police didn't need to kill the woman.

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