Clark County Jury: Police Shooting Justified

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A coroner's jury has ruled that a Las Vegas police officer was justified when he shot and killed 31-year-old Christopher Tuttle in May.

Police say Tuttle had pointed a handgun at family members inside a home.

Officer Eric Seibold testified that he had no choice but fire two rounds at Tuttle because he wouldn't comply with repeated demands to drop the .45 caliber revolver he was holding.

The jury returned the unanimous decision Friday after deliberating for just 15 minutes.

Tuttle had been a long arrest record. Clark County toxicology results showed he had alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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