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Man shot by cop near Vegas casino accused of auto theft

By Associated Press


LAS VEGAS >> A 27-year-old California man shot and wounded by an off-duty Las Vegas police detective outside a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino is facing a felony attempted auto theft charge.

Records show that Saul Villegas of Bellflower, Calif., was being held Thursday at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending a court appearance in the 9 p.m. Sunday incident outside the Excalibur.

Police say Villegas was treated for a wrist wound after he was shot by Detective Bernard Plaskett.

Police say Villegas got into Plaskett's vehicle and refused get out while Plaskett was delivering items to the hotel.

Police allege that Villegas reached for something near his waist before he was shot.

Officials haven't said whether Villegas was armed.

Plaskett is on paid leave pending administrative review of the shooting.

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daniwitz13 wrote:
This makes it seem that reaching for something is a Crime punishable by death. Reaching could be for a phone, a wallet, a cough drop, or whatever. Could he not have waited to be sure of what he was reaching for. Being seated does not give for too much wiggle room and at a disadvantage. Police are too trigger happy and a paid leave is such an enticement. Pity.
on August 15,2013 | 11:50AM
blingman wrote:
Go be a police officer and see how it feels to be in that situation, if you dont obey a police command thats what happens. But at the same time we want them to protect us,,,,,,, how if they have to wait and see what they are reaching for!!! Obey there commands,, simple and you wont get shot!! JUST SAYING!! :)
on August 15,2013 | 12:10PM
allie wrote:
very true
on August 15,2013 | 12:23PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Here are some common sense tips. 1) When crossing a street, look both ways to avoid getting whacked by a car, 2) don't use a cell while driving to avoid causing an accident and injuring or killing someone, 3) if you're going to reach for something in the presence of a cop, move at tai chi speed to avoid getting shot.
on August 15,2013 | 01:02PM
manapua19 wrote:
4) dont steal/break into cars. especially when the cop whos car it is is standing right there pointing a gun at you.
on August 15,2013 | 01:20PM
SueH wrote:
Too bad the police detective wasn't a better marksman.
on August 15,2013 | 01:59PM
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