LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities on Monday released the results of an investigation into the 2020 Election Day police shooting that killed a man in a car after the man killed two women, wounded a teenage girl and kidnapped a 12-year-old boy who died. when he was shot dead as the police approached.
A hearing about the Henderson police shooting of Jason Neo Bourne, a 38-year-old who changed his name because he admired the film’s character, suggests that Bourne shot the boy multiple times, including in the head, after police opened fire on the boy. family Cadillac Escalade.
Bourne, who was in the driver’s seat, fired seven shots with a .40-caliber handgun, according to testimony provided by Henderson Police Detective Richard Christopher, the only investigator questioned during the hearing, called a public fact-finding review.
A trial supervised by an attorney, a former member of the State Assembly, and presented by the District Attorney, did not provide a conclusive answer as to whether one or more of the 27 shots fired by the police hit a boy sitting in the passenger seat next to Bourne, who continued to talk to 911 until no gunfire erupted and no “Yes” was heard as the officers launched the second salvo of fire.
However, “we believe that Jason Bourne was responsible for the boy’s injuries,” Christopher said after summarizing the autopsies of the four people who died that day.
Killed: Dayan Khavatmeh, 38, mother of boy; family housekeeper Veronica Muniz, 33, from Las Vegas; and a boy, Joseph Hawatmeh. The boy’s 16-year-old sister has been shot multiple times and remains paraplegic, family lawyer Roger Kroto said on Monday.
“We’re not making a statement one way or another about who shot Joseph,” Kroto said after an emotional four-hour trial in the Clark County Commission room.
Kroto is pursuing a federal lawsuit that the boy’s father, Yehab Hawatmeh, filed in Las Vegas in October against the Henderson police, department heads, and seven officers who shot that day.
“We know that (the police) fired the first shot,” the lawyer said. “A second later, the car burst into flames… with infectious gunfire. They rushed to the car and did not wait for the arrival of the special forces or the negotiator.”
Bourne was armed with a .40 caliber pistol, while the police used 9mm pistols and .223 tactical rifles. According to investigators, forensic experts did not remove identifiable bullets from the boy’s body.
An out-of-court public review is provided by Clark County law in lieu of a coroner’s inquest following a police death if the district attorney determines in advance that the officers involved will not be prosecuted. The officers themselves do not participate.
Police camera video and 911 audio aired on Monday provided a heartbreaking and dramatic tale of a 30-minute confusion that officials say may have stemmed from Bourne’s anger over a noise complaint his downstairs neighbors filed several days before the shooting.
It also exposed the blatant misconceptions and ramblings of the man who called the police 911 from the Escalade, changed the pitch of his voice several times, variously referred to himself as a character from the future, “not of this planet” and the supervillain Bane from The Escalade. Batman movie and demanded that the police provide him with a helicopter within minutes.
Joseph Hawatme could be heard in the background as Bourne abruptly interrupted the emergency dispatcher’s apparent train of thought several times by saying “XM Satellite Radio 1.1 gigawatts.”
According to police detective Christopher, Bourne had no criminal record and legally acquired his weapons before officially changing his name from Christopher Curry in 2014.
According to Christopher, Bourne served nearly 15 years in the US Air Force around the world before being honorably discharged in 2017. He was a disabled veteran whose roommate, a retired Air Force soldier, told police he was writing a book, used marijuana regularly, and occasionally closed the windows of his apartment for fear that outsiders might look inside.
A police detective said that Bourne’s computer files showed that he “strongly believed in QAnon theories,” including “that celebrities wear realistic masks but are actually politicians who were part of a secret society of pedophiles that controlled the world.”
Among Bourne’s handwritten notes, Christopher found references to Bourne calling himself a world-saving superhero.
Yehab Hawatmeh rubbed his eyes several times as he sat during the four-hour trial with Kroto with three other family members.
Kroto later said they were not surprised by the material presented to the public. He said he believes the family has a serious wrongful death, negligence and civil rights case against the police in federal court.
Lawyers representing Henderson filed paperwork seeking the dismissal of a claim for unspecified monetary damages. Court hearings have not been scheduled.
“As difficult as the situation is, my client believes that his boy’s death was not necessary,” Croto said. “His family suffered a lot.”