Duensing Shooting Justified According to Police Review Board
You may recall Jim Duensing, the 9-11 Troofer who managed to get himself tased and shot in Las Vegas. Duensing resisted arrest, pulled the taser leads from his body and ran from the cop, apparently reaching for his own gun at the time, resulting in him absorbing a few bullets. No surprise, the police review board has determined the shooting was justified:
Officer Bill Cassell said a use of force board on March 21 determined unanimously that Gilbert's actions were justified. Gilbert has been with the department's traffic bureau since 1993.
Cassell wouldn't release details on how the board arrived at its decision, saying the review is not a public process. He also wouldn't comment on whether the board made its determination based on whether Duensing reached for a weapon.
Gilbert has been back with the department since Nov. 11, after a brief paid leave. Cassell said the leave was meant to evaluate Gilbert to ensure he was fit to return to duty because shooting a suspect can be traumatic for officers.
Duensing's problems will continue:
The trial is scheduled for Aug. 24, although Yampolsky plans to file a motion to get the indictment dismissed.
He said Duensing faces multiple felonies including resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon for the knife that police say measures 3.75 inches partially hidden in his pocket, and a charge of carrying a firearm by an unauthorized person.
And once again, the Willie Nelson Theory is confirmed:
Yampolsky said after Duensing was shot, police found a pipe with marijuana residue in the car's center console.
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