(Las Vegas, NV) — The Clark County District Attorney’s Office has determined that the Henderson Police officers involved in a November 2012 shooting death acted reasonably and lawfully.
According to the incident report, officers initially responded to reports that Justin Hoey had stolen a vehicle, punched a victim in the face and threatened to kill her. Upon locating Hoey, officers pursued him on foot in the area of St. Rose Parkway and South Eastern Avenue.
The chase ended when Hoey came to the bottom of an embankment next to a wash, which was secured by a small concrete wall and a chain link fence.
Officers standing on top of the embankment gave repeated commands for Hoey to drop his weapon. He refused and threatened to take his own life.
During more than one hour of negotiations with an officer trained in crisis negotiations, Hoey never took his finger off the trigger of his gun. Ultimately, Hoey pointed the gun at the law enforcement officers who, fearing for their lives, shot him.
“Mr. Hoey repeatedly ignored officers’ commands to drop his weapon, and instead pointed it at the police,” District Attorney Steven Wolfson said. “Mr. Hoey showed a blatant disregard for his own life and the lives of those around him. “