DA: Police officers justified in April shooting
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County District Attorney's office released a review Tuesday stating that Metro officers were justified in shooting a woman back in April.
The DA's office determined that officers 'acted reasonably and lawfully' when they shot and killed 49-year-old Sharmel Edwards.
The incident happened early the morning of April 21. Authorities said a man called to report that his car was stolen by a woman he knew, and that a gun was inside.
Police found the woman in the car near Jones Boulevard and Smoke Ranch. They negotiated with Edwards for about 40 minutes.
Eventually, police said she got out of the car and aimed a gun at police. That's when police said five officers opened fire at Edwards, killing her.
"The police officers gave Ms. Edwards ample opportunity to end their confrontation in a nonviolent manner," said District Attorney Steve Wolfrson. "Unfortunately, as numerous witnesses stated, she ignored the officers' commands and exited the vehicle with a gun drawn. She left the officers with no choice."