Vegas police shooting justified, jury rules |

Vegas police shooting justified, jury rules

Associated Press

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.