Vegas police shooting justified, jury rules
August 2, 2008
LAS VEGAS ” A coroner’s inquest jury has ruled that a Las Vegas police officer was justified in a fatal shooting of a man who fired at the officer.
The jury returned its unanimous verdict Friday after 15 minutes of deliberating on the case involving officer Blake Penny.
Penny shot and killed 29-year-old Dominic Nieto in June after a police chase.
Nieto had been involved in an early morning altercation at the Penthouse Club.
When police arrived, Nieto fled before overturning a Hummer H3 and firing at Penny, striking him just below the right knee.
Penny testified that returned fire after he was shot.
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Autopsy results indicated Nieto had high levels of methamphetamine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death.