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Attorney weighs in on legality after 3 armed citizens join Las Vegas officer in shooting

Posted at 6:56 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 22:31:56-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police in Las Vegas say they are investigating a deadly shooting involving an officer and three armed citizens in the parking lot of a gun range.

While Wednesday's incident outside of The Range 702 remains under investigation, a criminal attorney says legal issues could arise for the citizens allegedly involved.

“It’s theoretically possible," said George J. Green, a criminal attorney for almost 40 years. He says charges will depend on several factors, like if any of the two officers asked the civilians for help.

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"The critical point is that the man had already stabbed and injured the police officer," said Green.

"You can use force in the defense of yourself and your family, and possibly in the limited fashion of others where there is great bodily injury or death," he explained, "but notice I haven't seen anything in which the perpetrator was in an act of great bodily injury or death against the three shooters."

"The situation is going to be reviewed by the police," said Green.

"The recommendation is probably going to be not to file charges because of the situation," Green speculated. "However, the DA has the ultimate discretion on whether to charge these people. They may face civil ramifications, but I would say that possibly not criminal, although is going to be reviewed."

On Wednesday, investigators say a man was refusing to cooperate with authorities after being kicked out of The Range 702.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says he stabbed one of the officers with a screwdriver in the moments before the shooting. She was brought to the hospital for her injuries and released.