Metro Police Sued Over Fatal 2017 Shooting

Claims Negligence And Excessive Force In Shooting Death Of Abusive Husband

Mitch Kelly
November 13, 2019 - 8:43 am

Photo Courtesy: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department


LAS VEGAS, NV (NV)- A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, saying they used excessive force when they shot and killed her husband outside of a convenience store back in 2017.

Back in November of 2017, police were called to a convenience store near Silverado Ranch and Maryland parkway on reports of a man causing a disturbance.

When officers arrived on scene, they discovered Phillip Pitts threatening his wife Shondell and their child. Pitts was also armed and intoxicated.

Police say they only fired their weapons after Phillip Pitts pointed a gun at Shondell. Phillip Pitts was hit three times. Shondell Pitts was also wounded in the shooting. Both were taken to University Medical Center, but Phillip Pitts died from his wounds.

The lawsuit claims Metro's actions violated the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by subjecting the woman to “unreasonable seizure of her person.”. It also alleges that their daughter has suffered severe physical, emotional and mental trauma after the incident.

It also alleges that their daughter, who is not named in the complaint because she’s a minor, has suffered severe physical, emotional and mental trauma after the shooting.

Shondell Pitts is asking for $75,000. Metro Police have not commented on the lawsuit.