WEST WENDOVER, Nev., Dec. 9, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a Utah man who was shot and killed by police in West Wendover, Nev., after a brief pursuit Saturday afternoon.
The deceased is James N. Robertson, 41, of Francis, in Summit County, according to Elko County Sheriff’s officials, who are investigating the incident in keeping with officer-involved shooting protocol.
According to a statement by West Wendover Police Lt. Don Lininge, officers attempted to stop a reckless driver, later identified as Robertson, who was in a pickup truck on Wendover Boulevard — just south of Interstate 80 and near the Utah-Nevada border — at about 12:42 p.m.
The driver refused to stop and the pursuit ended in a minor crash at a Chevron station at 820 Wendover Blvd., where he exited his vehicle and was confronted by at least two West Wendover police officers.
A video shot by a bystander and posted on social media shows Robertson being ordered to surrender while he backs away from officers.
Seconds later at least five gun shots rang out and a man off-camera can be heard saying, “He’s dying. He’s already died.”
Witnesses say the suspect was holding a knife to his own throat while defying police commands to get on the ground.
Officers tried to revive Robertson, but were unsuccessful.
Both West Wendover police officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Mayor Daniel Corona issued a statement on Twitter later Saturday, in which he expressed his confidence that the officers acted “in a manner that is consistent with training under these circumstances.” His complete statement is shown below.