DA Clears Two Officers in Shooting Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two Las Vegas police officers are being cleared in the shooting of a man accused of holding a 13-inch kitchen knife to the throat of a 65-year-old woman he grabbed on the street after an eviction dispute at a low-budget motel.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson issued a decision Monday calling the slaying of 39-year-old Daniel Taiwan Hathorne justified.

Wolfson says Officers Russell Ellsworth and Bradon Oris shot Hathorne late Nov. 1 after Hathorne argued with a manager at his old apartment at Cambridge Street near Twain Avenue and threatened to go on a killing spree.

The hostage wasn't hurt.

Hathorne's girlfriend told investigators he used methamphetamine and previously threatened her with a kitchen knife.

She said Hathorne also faced sentencing the following month in a criminal counterfeiting case.

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