D.A. Rules FBI Suspect Killing Justified
(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The killing of a suspect last summer by FBI agents was within the law and agents acted reasonably, according to a decision by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.
The ruling from D.A. Steve Wolfson is in connection with the August 2012 death of Joshua Oscar Burchell.
“Mr. Burchell was armed and dangerous when he fled from law enforcement agents and then confronted them in a hotel parking lot, leaving them no choice but to use deadly force,” said Wolfson.
“Mr. Burchell’s actions created a dangerous situation for the public and the agents.”
FBI agents found Burchell was at a hotel on Boulder Highway. They had plans to arrest the murder suspect in a hotel room, but when agents attempted to apprehend him outside the room, he fled. In a parking lot, Burchell pulled a gun and aimed at the chasing agents. They shot him at that point.
Wolfson’s statement says a Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review was not conducted in the case because the law requiring such reviews does now apply to federal law enforcement agents.
Wolfson determined the “agents acted lawfully in this situation is based upon the evidence available at this time. The case could be reexamined if new information comes to light.”