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Inquest Finds Officers Justified in Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Two Las Vegas police officers have been cleared in the shooting death of Robert Mills, II. The coroner's inquest jury ruled the officers were justified after just 30 minutes of deliberation.

Police say Mills fired at them from his car after going on a string of robberies.

This latest inquest comes as Clark County considers alternatives to the way it investigates officers who use deadly force.

On August 27th, police shot and killed Mills at a 7-11 near Nellis and Charleston. Prosecutors told jurors that Mills was already allegedly responsible for a string of robberies that night.

Metro says the suspect pointed a weapon at officers and fired, prompting them to return fire and kill Mills.

"As soon as I pulled in, he turned his eyes toward me looked my direction. Immediately I heard flashes or bangs which I knew to be gunshots," said Metro officer Nathan Jones. "I assumed he was shooting at me, at which time I laid down in the passengers seat of my vehicle."

Jurors also heard from Mills' wife who told them Mills was a model husband who had hit a low point in his life and didn't want to go back to jail. Prosecutors played an interview with the wife where she told police Mills had told her that police would have to shoot him before he'd go back to prison.

Mills shooting was the 20th officer involved shooting for this year.

This latest inquest comes as the public gets a chance to weigh in on the process. The next public hearing into the coroner's inquest process is Monday evening at the Clark County Government Center.