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.