Former officer pleads not guilty in gun case

all credits: Fox5 News
originally published: 26th May 2011

A former Las Vegas Metro police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony weapons charges in a case that has reignited controversy over last year’s officer-involved shooting at a Summerlin Costco store. Thomas Mendiola, 23, is accused of giving a firearm to a convicted felon. He was one of three officers who shot and killed an armed man outside the Costco store.

The victim, Erik Scott, was under the influence of prescription drugs, but the 38-year-old’s family claimed the officers executed Scott although he posed no threat.

Authorities said in August Mendiola gave a Sturm Ruger handgun and a box of ammunition to 45-year-old Robert Justice. A grand jury indictment stated that Mendiola knew of Justice’s criminal past and conviction for theft.

Mendiola was relieved from duty without pay earlier this year. A judge has set Mendiola’s trial date for 5th December 2011.

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