LAS VEGAS (UKTN) — Authorities on Monday aired the results of the investigation into an Election Day 2020 shooting that killed a man in a vehicle after an upstairs neighbor killed two women, wounded a teenage girl and stabbed a 12-year-old boy. kidnapped who died when he was shot as police approached.
The Henderson police shooting hearing of Jason Neo Bourne, a 38-year-old who changed his name in 2014 because he admired a movie character, suggested that Bourne shot the boy multiple times, including in the head, after police extinguished the fire. had opened on the boy’s family’s Cadillac Escalade.
Bourne, sitting in the driver’s seat, fired seven shots from a .40 caliber handgun, according to evidence presented by Detective Richard Christopher of the Henderson Police Department, the only investigator questioned at the hearing, a public fact-finding investigation.
The proceedings, overseen by a lawyer, former member of the state assembly and presented by a state prosecutor, were inconclusive as to whether one or more of the 27 shots fired by police hit the boy sitting in the passenger seat next to Bourne. sat, hit — who continued to talk to a 911 dispatcher until gunfire erupted and “Yes” was heard shouted as officers began a second salvo.
“However, we believe that Jason Bourne was responsible for the boy’s injuries,” Christopher said after summarizing the results of autopsies of the four people who died that day.
Killed were Dianne Hawatmeh, 38, the boy’s mother; housekeeper Veronica Muniz, 33, of Las Vegas; and the boy, Joseph Hawatmeh. The boy’s 16-year-old sister was shot multiple times and remains a spinal cord injury, family attorney Roger Croteau said Monday.
“We are not making any statement one way or another as to who shot Joseph,” Croteau said after the emotional four-hour proceedings in the Clark County Commission auditorium.
Croteau is handling a federal lawsuit brought by the boy’s father, Iehab Hawatmeh, in October in Las Vegas against the Henderson Police Department, department heads and the seven officers who fired that day.
“We know that (the police) took the first shot,” the lawyer said. “A second later, the car lit up with… contagion fire. They rushed to the vehicle and did not wait for SWAT or a negotiator to arrive.
Bourne was armed with a .40-caliber handgun, and police used 9mm handguns and .223-caliber tactical rifles. Medical examiners did not recover any identifiable bullets from the boy’s body, according to the investigation.
The non-judicial public review is provided by Clark County law in lieu of a coroner following a police death if the district attorney reaches a preliminary conclusion that the officers involved will not face criminal charges. The officers themselves do not participate.
Body-worn police camera video and 911 audio broadcast Monday provided a heartbreaking and dramatic 30-minute account of confusion that officials say may have stemmed from Bourne’s anger over a noise complaint his downstairs neighbors filed days before the shooting.
It also highlighted apparent delusions and chatter of a man who called police 911 from the Escalade, changed the pitch of his voice several times, variously identified himself as a character from the future, “not from this planet” and the supervillain Bane from the movie ‘Batman’ and demanded that the police deliver him a helicopter within minutes.
Joseph Hawatmeh could be heard in the background as Bourne abruptly interrupted the apparent train of thought to the 911 dispatcher several times, uttering the phrase “XM Satellite Radio 1.1 Gigawatts.”
Bourne had no criminal history and bought his gun legally before legally changing his name from Christopher Curry in 2014, said Christopher, the police detective.
Bourne served in the U.S. Air Force in several countries for nearly 15 years before being honorably discharged in 2017, Christopher said. He was a disabled veteran whose roommate, a retired member of the Air Force, told police he was writing a book, used marijuana regularly, and sometimes covered apartment windows for fear others might see inside.
The police detective said Bourne’s computer files showed he “strongly believed in QAnon theories”, including “that celebrities wear lifelike masks but are actually politicians who were part of a secret pedophile society that controlled the world.”
Among Bourne’s handwritten notes, Christopher found references to Bourne calling himself a superhero who saved the world.
Iehab Hawatmeh dabbed his eyes several times as he went through the four-hour procedure with Croteau with three other family members.
Croteau later said they were not surprised by the material presented to the public. He said he believes the family has filed a strong wrongful death, negligence and civil rights lawsuit against the police in federal court.
Attorneys representing Henderson have filed documents to dismiss the lawsuit, seeking unspecified, unspecified monetary damages. Court hearings are not scheduled.
“As difficult as the situation was, my client believes his son’s death was unnecessary,” Croteau said. “His family has suffered greatly.”