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DA clears 3 officer-involved shootings from May, July 2011

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Updated: 7/30/2012 2:12 pm
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County District Attorney’s office has determined that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers involved in the deaths of Alberto Castillo, Luis Silva and Rafael Alonso Olivas in May and July of 2011, acted lawfully. (Castillo is also known as Carlos Renteria.)

“In each of these three incidents, the police officers tried to resolve the situation using non-lethal weapons such as Tasers and beanbag rounds,” District Attorney Steven Wolfson said in a statement. “However, the suspects refused to comply with the officers’ orders and instead took actions that put the officers’ lives in danger.”

Including the three reviews released today, Wolfson has now released 14 reviews of officer-involved deaths.

According to the reviews released today:

-- On May 27, 2011, police responded to a home on the 2900 block of Theresa Avenue where Castillo was reportedly assaulting his wife. Police went to a bedroom in the home and found Castillo holding a silver-colored object to his wife’s neck, and two small children on a bed. Police got the children out of the room and ordered Castillo to release his wife. When he did not comply, the officers shot Castillo with Tasers. Then one of the officers touch-stunned Castillo, at which point Castillo kicked the officer and grabbed his Taser. The officer then shot Castillo. Castillo apparently thought his wife was someone else, and blood tests showed high levels of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

-- On July 4, 2011, police were called to a home on the 2800 block of Taurus Court where they found Silva in a bedroom holding a gun to his head. Police shot Silva with beanbags, Tasers and in the arm with a pistol. However, Silva continued to refuse to drop his gun, and instead told the police to shoot him. Then Silva pointed his gun at an officer, who shot Silva in the chest. By this time, it was early on July 5. Silva had apparently been despondent and drinking.

-- On July 14, 2011, police received a call from a woman on the 7700 block of Musical Lane, who said Olivas was out of control. Apparently, Olivas had taken a knife from his home and was talking about killing police officers. Police officers saw Olivas walking on the 300 block of Firestone Drive with a knife in his hand. The officers told Olivas to drop the knife, and shot him with beanbags when he did not comply. Olivas continued advancing toward the officers with the knife, and then the officers shot him. Apparently, Olivas had recently spoken to family members about committing suicide.

The determinations that the officer acted lawfully in these situations is based upon the evidence available at this time. The cases could be re-examined if new information comes to light.

-- From news release
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