Case against lawmaker accused of threats takes a twist
We're learning more about a local lawmaker accused of threatening one of his colleagues. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're learning more about a local lawmaker accused of threatening one of his colleagues.
Assemblyman Steven Brooks had scheduled a press conference Tuesday morning to shed light on the story, but he never showed up.
It was North Las Vegas Police officers who addressed the media. Police say Brooks had a gun and ammunition when he was pulled over on suspicion of threatening the life of assembly speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick called 911 Saturday after hearing threats from other colleagues, becoming concerned for her well-being.
Brooks was arrested on charges of intimidating a public officer, a felony.
In a bizarre twist, Brooks was admitted to a local hospital on Tuesday for what his attorney said was bleeding in his digestive system. He's currently undergoing treatment.
That attorney said there's much more to the story, claiming Brooks is innocent.
Police aren't saying whether the gun Brooks had was loaded, but they did shed light on some details.
"The firearm was not stolen, it was not registered to Assemblyman Brooks, and it's still part of the investigation to determine why he had it, and whether the owner of the firearm wanted him to have it," said Sergeant Tim Bedwell.
Detectives are interviewing other local lawmakers and Brooks' family as part of the continuing investigation.
In the meantime, Brooks is on unpaid administrative leave from his position with the city.