Despite the Las Vegas Metro Police department’s revised use of force policy, another Las Vegas policeman was involved in the shooting of a civilian last week. The shooting occurred when a 19-year old Vegas man attempted to rob a 7-11 convenience store on North Jones Boulevard. The officer, Steve Lehmann, 34, was in the parking lot of the convenience store when two customers exited excitedly, informing him the chain store was in the midst of an armed robbery. When Officer Lehmann entered the store, he saw 19 year old Lawrence Howard pointing a handgun at the store clerk. Seconds later, Mr. Howard turned towards Officer Lehmann, and in the process pointing his .38 caliber weapon at the Las Vegas Metro Police Officer. Officer Lehmann, fearing for his safety, immediately shot Mr. Howard several times. Mr. Howard was not killed by the shots and was transported immediately to University Hospital. It is unknown as to whether or not Officer Lehmann warned Mr. Howard before firing. If you or a relative has been involved in a Las Vegas personal injury shooting, Benson and Bingham can represent you to help you recover money for lost work, pain and suffering and medical bills.
Troubled by the large amount of officer involved shootings by members of the Las Vegas Police, te department recently revised its policy for the use of deadly force. Doug Gillespie, the Clark County Sherriff recently stated that the 3300 police officers of Las Vegas Metro and other departments have recently received training highlighting the value of human life. The training also included other tools for officers to use in violent situations. Part of the motivation for the new police directives has been to reduce local governments’ exposure to Las Vegas wrongful death and Clark County personal injury lawsuits.
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