- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police weren’t responsible for the death of a purse-snatch suspect who fled from a shopping center, crashed a car with police chasing him, and shot himself dead as officers approached more than a year ago, the top prosecutor in Las Vegas decided.

None of the 12 shots that Las Vegas police officers Jeffrey Gentry and Bryce Martines fired after hearing a gunshot as they approached the disabled car hit Danny Michael Wadsworth, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said in a report released Monday.

The Clark County coroner ruled Wadsworth’s death on May 30, 2014, was a suicide.

“The officers fired only after they heard gunfire … which led them reasonably to believe the suspect was shooting at them,” Wolfson said in a report summarizing investigators’ findings.

Wolfson said that because the officers weren’t directly responsible for Wadsworth’s death, the district attorney’s office didn’t conduct a fact-finding review of the shooting or a public airing of evidence in the case.



The case was one of 16 Las Vegas police officer-involved shootings in 2014. Each case involved armed people, Officer Larry Hadfield said. Eight people died and eight were wounded.

Wadsworth fired a .38-caliber handgun once after robbing two women at the Town Center shopping center, and once after crashing the 2007 Pontiac sedan he was driving into another car and the center median of busy Sahara Avenue between the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15, Wolfson’s report said.

Wadsworth was found with the use of a locator application on one woman’s cellphone, and police said he stopped at a store at one point and tried to use one woman’s ATM card.

The gun wasn’t registered to Wadsworth, police said.

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