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Officer Involved In Costco Shooting Faces Felony Gun Charge

Thomas Mendiola, one of the Las Vegas police officers who shot and killed Erik Scott outside the Summerlin Costco last year, has been charged in a felony complaint with unlawfully giving a handgun to a felon.

The 23-year-old Mendiola, 23 has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case.

He has been summoned to appear in court Feb. 24 on the weapons charge, with  a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

A coroner’s inquest found that Mendiola and two other officers were justified in Scott’s July 10 shooting, but Scott’s family is suing the officers and the department in federal court.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mendiola gave the .22-caliber Sturm Ruger handgun to Robert Justice, 45, who has theft convictions in Arizona, shortly after the Costco shooting.

  • j candlish

    What the hell does the Scott shooting have to do with Robert Justice? This is very badly written.

    • shawn

      j candlish, Your question what does one story have to do with the other? Both have a common denominator – a LVMPD Officer named Mendiola who seems to make terrible decisions, and on a fairly regular basis. Any other questions?

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