Man in Michael Myers mask shot dead by cops after threatening people with gun
Police shot and killed a man who was wearing a Michael Myers mask while threatening people with a gun in North Las Vegas over the weekend.
The masked man, identified as 44-year-old Christopher Earl Smith, died from multiple gunshot wounds after a confrontation with police in a public park Sunday, according to Local 12.
North Las Vegas Police received multiple 911 calls about a man in the “Halloween” mask pointing a gun at people near a mini mart and park, the station reported.
“I work at the Carry Mini-mart, we have a guy out that had a gun and he’s pulled it on couple of customers,” one frantic caller told dispatchers. “He’s kind of wacko.”
Officers responded and found Smith walking through the park near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue around 5:40 p.m.
According to bodycam footage released by police, Officer Anthony Malear spotted Smith, identified himself as police and repeatedly asked Smith to stop where he was and put his hands up.
Smith continued walking and began to reach for the reportedly stolen pistol in his waistband as he walked toward five bystanders, the footage shows.
“Stop reaching, don’t reach!” Malear can be heard yelling in the video before he fires eight rounds at Smith.
Smith died at the scene. He had alcohol, THC and oxycodone in his blood at the time of his death, according to the medical examiner.
Malear has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting.