Suspect Gets Fatally Shot After Pulling Gun From a Bush

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A 21-year-old man fatally shot by Las Vegas police officers last week may have been impaired and grabbed a gun before pointing and firing it at officers in an apparent suicide-by-cop incident captured on police body camera footage, authorities said Monday. The incident happened following a three-car collision at Rainbow Boulevard and Gary Avenue just after 7 a.m. on Oct. 10, Las Vegas Metro Police Asst. Sheriff Tim Kelly said. When LVMPD traffic Officer Kenneth Pillette and Officer Chad Betts arrived, two of the drivers said the third driver, suspect 21-year-old Kenneth Busse, appeared to be impaired. When Busse was asked by Betts to take a field sobriety test, Busse refused, run to a nearby bush and picked up a firearm he left there prior to officers arriving on the scene, Kelly said.

Busse pointed the gun at Betts and fired a round at the officer, which jammed in the chamber, preventing him from firing more shots, Kelly said. Pillette, a 20-year veteran of the department, and Betts, a 19-year officer, fired a total of six return shots at Busse, striking Busse in the chest. Busse was pronounced dead at the scene. Kelly said further investigation showed Busse was suicidal, had made suicidal comments in the past and exhibited suicidal signs on the day of the shooting. The shooting was the 20th officer involved shooting for LVMPD in 2018 and the 10th fatal shooting incident.

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