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Video: Vegas police shoot, kill fugitive who ignores 24 commands to surrender

Officers discovered the man was not armed, but holding a cell phone


By Police1 Staff

LAS VEGAS — A wanted man was shot and killed by Las Vegas police after ignoring 24 verbal commands to surrender, FOX10 reported.

Police briefed the media on the officer-involved shooting of 23-year-old Keith Childress Jr., who was confronted by U.S. marshals and officers searching for him, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told the news site.

Childress was wanted after he skipped out on sentencing for a home invasion case in Arizona. Marshals were tracking his whereabouts and confronted him on Dec. 30, but he took off on foot.

Marshals requested help from local police, who deployed air and K-9 units to track Childress. The air unit spotted him in several residential backyards.

The body camera footage shows Officer Blake Walford and Sgt. Robert Bohanon confronting Childress and commanding him to get on the ground. Childress had his right hand in his pocket and police believed he had a firearm.

Officers told Childress if he walked closer to officers, they would shoot. Childress walked towards the police and was shot five times.

Walford fired five rounds and the 27-year-veteran Bohanon fired four.

Marshals had warned police Childress was dangerous and wanted for attempted murder. The murder charge turned out to be false, McMahill said.

Officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending outcome of the investigation.