A woman’s screams rang out in front of a convenience store in Las Vegas as a man grabbed onto her.
“He has a gun,” she yelled.
Body-camera video released earlier this week showed the moment a police officer arrived at the scene Saturday night, where police said a man was holding a gun on his wife and threatening to turn it on himself.
“What’s going on? What is that in your hand?” an officer shouted, before commanding the man to put down the gun.
“Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” the officer shouted.
“Step away from her now! Sir, step away from her!”
Two shots rang out.
And then two more.
Police fatally shot the man, who was later identified by authorities as 41-year-old Phillip Pitts. The woman, who was not named but was identified as Pitts’s wife, also was struck but survived.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said during a news conference this week that officers responded to a call about 5:30 p.m. Saturday about a man choking a woman outside the convenience store in southern Las Vegas. A concerned citizen told police that the man possibly had a gun and that a young girl, who was later identified by authorities as the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, was trying to keep him from getting to the woman.
When police arrived, an officer saw Pitts and his wife struggling over a handgun and told the girl to get away, police said in a statement. Police said Pitts then pointed the gun to his own head and threatened to pull the trigger as his wife told him not to do it.
A second officer, David Nesheiwat, saw Pitts holding the gun to the woman’s abdomen and ordered him to put down the weapon.
Roberts told reporters that after numerous verbal commands, Nesheiwat, 33, fired four rounds, killing Pitts.
He said Nesheiwat, who has been on the force 11 years, first fired two shots at Pitts. Pitts was struck and fell to the ground but continued to point the weapon at his wife, so the officer fired twice more, Roberts said.
Roberts also said that one of the bullets went through Pitts and struck his wife.
The bodycam video showed the officer firing at Pitts, who appeared to be standing in front of propane tanks at the time.
After the gunfire, the woman shouted, “I got hit! I got hit!”
An officer could be heard saying, “Put a tourniquet on her.”
Authorities said Pitts was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. His wife underwent surgery for a gunshot wound and was later listed in stable condition, police said.
Roberts said Pitts did not have a criminal history in Las Vegas but had been arrested several times in Hawaii from 1996 to 2007, mostly on misdemeanor charges.
Police have fatally shot 867 people in the United States this year, according to a Washington Post database documenting police-involved shootings.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Pitts’s death marks the 21st officer-involved shooting and 10th fatality in Las Vegas in 2017.