HENDERSON (KTNV) — A lawsuit has been filed against Green Valley Ranch and 4 of its employees in connection to the shooting of a man on Jan. 1, 2019.
According to the lawsuit, 53-year-old Shannon Michael Howell was in the pool area when he was approached by employee Richard Parents III and asked to leave.
Parents reportedly did not tell Howell that he could not have a gun in the hotel-casino but called another employee Jesus Arellano.
Arellano then reportedly instructed Green Valley Ranch’s security guards to locate Howell.
The guards, identified as Karl Raymond Stephens and Larry Alan Norman Jr., located Howell sitting on a couch in the east tower. The guards reportedly asked Howell if he had a gun and he replied yes.
The lawsuit then says that the guards yelled “unclear demands” at Howell for several seconds before shooting him 23 times. The guards claimed Howell was reaching towards his pocket at the time.
A Glock 19 was found next to Howell after the shooting.
The lawsuit claims that Howell was under “no legal obligation” to follow the commands of the security guards and that he did not have time to comply with their demands before he was shot. It also says that the guards had no legal authority to detain or disarm Howell under Nevada law.
The lawsuit also claims that Howell did not commit any crimes and did not pose a threat of any employee or guest of the hotel-casino. Therefore, the guards did not have a justifiable reason to shoot and kill Howell.
The lawsuit was filed by Dalton Howell, who is the son of the man who was killed. Dalton Howell was 18 at the time of his father’s death.
The lawsuit is asking for general and hedonic damages; payment of all medical, funeral and incidental expenses; economic damages; attorneys fees; punitive damages; and any other relief the court deems is proper and just.