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AG will not prosecute Collins for July 3 gunfire incident

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Updated: 8/03/2012 6:46 pm
UPDATE: News 3 has learned that Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto said her office will not prosecute Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins.

Collins was under investigation by the AG's office after an alleged illegal shooting incident outside his home back on July 3.

North Las Vegas police officers responded to Collins' home after reports came in from neighbors who claimed they saw the commissioner firing a gun in his front yard.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson has recused his office from an investigation into an illegal shooting reportedly involving Commissioner Collins.

“In an effort to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, I am turning this case over to the Nevada Attorney General’s Office,” Wolfson said in a statement released this morning.

Wolfson said to News 3 on Monday his office was contacted by the North Las Vegas Police Department regarding an “illegal shooting" incident involving a public official.

Police are investigating whether Collins was illegally discharging a firearm on the night of July 3. News 3 contacted Collins, who says, "nothing happened." Collins says North Las Vegas Police officers were in his neighborhood that night, but denies firing a gun or coming into direct contact with officers.

The North Las Vegas Police Department said that will forward its findings to Wolfson.



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