Wife Sues Cops For Shooting Her Husband Who Was Holding Her Hostage At Gunpoint

Shondell Pitts has sued Las Vegas Metropolitan police who rescued her when her armed husband took her hostage.

Las Vegas, NV – A woman has sued the police who rescued her from her armed husband for “unreasonable force” two years after the incident.

The shooting occurred on Nov. 11, 2017 after Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer David Nesheiwat responded to a 911 call from a concerned citizen who said a man was choking a woman in front of a convenience store on Pyle Avenue, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, he found Phillip Pitts holding his wife, Shondell Pitts, at gunpoint.

“It was immediately apparent that the male was holding the female and had a gun in his hand,” Metro Police Captain Kelly McMahill said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Surveillance video captured a physical struggle between the two before police arrived. Police bodycams filmed the rest of the incident.

Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said the couple’s 10-year-old daughter had been trying to separate them before police arrived, and officers moved her to safety upon arrival at the scene.

The video showed that the first officer arrived and gave Pitts orders to drop the gun. He also repeatedly told the wife to move away from her gun-wielding husband.

Officer Nesheiwat, an 11-year veteran of the police force, arrived on the scene less than a minute after the first officer.

He told Pitts to drop his gun. When the suspect did not comply, Officer Nesheiwat shot him four times.

One of the rounds Officer Nesheiwat fired at the suspect went through Pitts’ arm and into his wife’s stomach, Sheriff Roberts explained during a press conference after the shooting.

Pitts was transported to University Medical Center where he died.

Shondell Pitts underwent surgery for her wounds and recovered.

Police said the investigation determined that Pitts did not fire his weapon before he was put down.

The Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review Board determined in June of 2018 that the police department and Officer Nesheiwat had complied with department policies and procedures during the incident, KVVU reported.

Shondell Pitts filed her lawsuit on Nov. 11, the second anniversary of the incident, and claimed that police used “unreasonable force” because she was wounded by their gunfire and the shooting took place nearby propane tanks, KTNV reported.

The suit alleged that Shondell Pitts’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated by Las Vegas Metropolitan police during the incident, KVVU reported.

Shondell Pitts has also sued the owners of the FuelZone Mart convenience store where the shooting happened and the store’s clerk, KTNV reported.

She claimed the store clerk acted in a manner that endangered herself and her daughter.

The complaint said that the clerk at first refused to unlock the convenience store to let her and her daughter hide from her husband, who was chasing them with a gun, KTNV reported.

It alleged that after he let them into the store to hide, the clerk did not keep Shondell Pitts and her daughter safe, but instead allowed her armed husband into the store just minutes later, before police had arrived.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation for her and her daughter’s emotional pain and suffering during, and as a result of, the officer-involved shooting, according to KVVU.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office report on the shooting said that “there was a long history of unreported domestic violence in this family,” KLAS reported.

Comments (15)
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Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Well, when you blow through that life insurance money in 20 minutes, you gotta get more somewhere.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Suing the store for not protecting her and her daughter......that's a new one. Ghetto lottery, spin and win..............hopefully not! Too bad she subjects her daughter to this man, she didn't protect her so her daughter should sue her........good luck.

Boristhecat
Boristhecat

This woman is definitely a waste of space! Hopefully KARMA will get her!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

a new twist on trying to get a ghetto lottery ticket

flybynight
flybynight

"Shondell Pitts"? Any questions? I didn't think so.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

File a lawsuit against your daughter!!! She didn't protect you!!! How dumb can you be!!!!

The express
The express

Talk about the ghetto lottery this could be a win-win for this POS. She should just say Thank You and move on.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

This follows the recent decision in Chicago for close to the same thing, $hamefull $omeone $ee$ money, seems that police nowadays can’t get a break

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?? Really?? Biatch please! Hood rat will try anything to make a buck. But the tables can be turned. How about the daughter get a lawyer and sue her mother for marrying a psychopath and putting her life in danger and the PTSD she now suffers from it. Let her take every cent and then some from her sorry ass mother!!! Sick of these low IQ sheboons!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another hoodrat playing the ghetto lottery.

CinGuz
CinGuz

As long as lawyers & judges allow these lawsuits to happen & these people keep getting paid, it will only continue.

jarhead24
jarhead24

Typical perp with a perp attorney trying to get a payday from a city ran by perps.

lauraaz
lauraaz

If she gets any money the officers should sue her for it for enabling her late husband and causing them emotional distress.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Looks as if they should have taken them both out.