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Controversial Costco Cops Get National Honor

Two of the three Las Vegas police officers who shot and killed Erik Scott at Costco  last year have received honors in a national officer of the year award.

Chris Collins, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association,  tells the R-J he nominated the two officers and officer Mike Madland.  Madland was shot twice while chasing a robbery suspect in March 2010, and nearly lost his leg from the shooting. Ironically, he did not win an award.

Officers William Mosher and Joshua Stark received honorable mention in the National Association of Police Officers’ TOP COPS awards.  The third officer involved in the shooting, Thomas Mendiola, was not honored. In January, Mendiola was charged with a felony for unlawfully giving a handgun to a twice-convicted felon in an unrelated case. His preliminary hearing is set for May.

Collins called the two local incidents the “top two heroic events our officers participated in last year.”

The National Association of Police Officers represents 2,000 police unions nationwide.


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