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Officer Testifies at Coroner's Inquest for Erik Scott

LAS VEGAS -- On day two of the coroner's inquest, jurors heard the 911 call made by a Costco supervisor to report a man acting erratically and carrying a gun. They also heard from the first police officer to confront Erik Scott.

Jurors are hearing testimony in the case of the officer involved shooting of Scott at the Summerlin Costco on July 10.

Metro Police Officer William Mosher started his testimony late Thursday afternoon and said as soon as he came into contact with Erik Scott, the situation got tense and Scott got defensive and reached for his gun.

Mosher was the first to meet Scott and his girlfriend outside the store. Mosher testified that Scott's eyes looked bloodshot, and he "seemed basically out of it."

"He says, 'I have a gun," Officer Mosher testified. "At that point, he uses his right hand, reaches into his waistband area where the firearm is, and he begins to come up with the firearm."

Las Vegas Review Columnist Arrested for DUI

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Review columnist John L. Smith was arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of driving drunk.

A Metro motorcycle officer said he pulled Smith over for texting and making an unsafe lane change on U.S. 95 near Ann Road. The officer suspected Smith had been drinking.

Smith did make bail on Sunday morning and was released.

 

First Day of Erik Scott Coroner's Inquest Finishes

LAS VEGAS -- The first day of the coroner's inquest into the death of Erik Scott outside a Summerlin Costco has finished. Seven jurors and four alternates are hearing the inquest.

The District Attorney has a list of 22 witnesses, but that could change. The Scott family attorney may ask to add a few as well.

"The jury's role is to determine whether the death was justifiable, excusable or criminal. Excusable death is accidental, justifiable is self-defense or defense of another against action that is apparent or dangerous. Anything outside those two is criminal," said prosecutor Chris Owens.

On July 10, Scott and his girlfriend were shopping at the Costco. Police reports said Scott started acting erratically and getting into arguments with store personnel about his concealed weapon.

Police Looking for Bar Robber

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are on the hunt for a man they say robbed four bars in the last month and may be responsible for a fifth.

Police say the suspect jumps the counter with a gun and demands money.

Police say the first robbery occurred on August 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the area of west Charleston and Jones. The second happened on August 16 at 10:20 a.m. in the area of Sahara and Valley View. The third robbery was on September 10 at 10:24 a.m. in the area of Rainbow and Sahara and the latest occurred on September 12 at 12:24 a.m.

Police say the suspect is a black male, 21 to 28-years-old, weighing 150 to 170 ponds with a moustache, a goatee and a tattoo on his right forearm.

Scott Family Not Allowed to View Coroner's Evidence

LAS VEGAS -- According to a letter sent from the Clark County Courts to the family attorney of Erik Scott, the man shot by police outside a Summerlin Costco, the family will not be allowed to view the evidence to be used at the coroner's inquest before the proceeding.

In the letter, Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino says county code does not "contain any language that would enable inspection of evidence before the time of the inquest."

Read the letter sent to Attorney Ross Goodman

The Scott family filed a motion with the court to allow a representative to view the police evidence before the inquest to better prepare for questioning of witnesses.

Police Hunt Alleged Bank Robber

Las Vegas -- Las Vegas police are looking for a man who robbed a bank near Lake Mead Blvd. and Anasazi Drive.

Police say on the afternoon of September 7, a man entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect then fled the scene after getting an unknown amount of money.

Police say the suspect is a white male or possibly Middle Eastern in decent. He is 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Police say the man is also balding.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591 or call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Tips called into CrimeStoppers that lead to an arrest or indictment may result in a cash reward.

Suncoast Offers $100,000 Reward for 2005 Murder

LAS VEGAS -- The Suncoast Hotel and Casino has renewed a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect involved in a robbery and murder that happened in 2005.

Police say Julie and Ronald Miller were attacked in the parking lot of the Suncoast on August 25, 2005. A man tried to rob them when they arrived at the casino that morning. During a struggle, one shot was fired. It struck Ronald Miller in the shoulder and then hit Julie Miller, killing her.

Police say the suspect fled the scene in a white or silver Dodge Magnum station wagon. Mr. Miller says the suspect is an African American male, about 30-years-old, 6 feet tall with a thin to medium build.