Las Vegas Shooting of Concealed Carry Permit Holder

Erik Scott PictureOn Saturday, July 10, 2010,  Erik Scott was shopping at Costco in Summerlin, NV.  He had two weapons on him, but was legally carrying them because he was licensed to carry concealed weapons in NV.  He was also a West Point Graduate with a Master’s Degree from Duke University.  Police responded to the 911 calls, and ended up shooting Erik multiple times, killing him.  The problem is that there are a huge number of eye witnesses whose stories all differ.  Eye witnesses are horribly unreliable in these types of cases.  The police are calling the shooting justified because they claim that Erik was drawing his weapon on police.  That seems highly unlikely given that he had four guns pointed at him, and that he was a West Point graduate.  Unfortunately, we will likely never get the full account of this story.  I only hope that there is adequate surveillance video of the event that will show what really happened.  This is a tragic event, and my prayers go out to Mr. Scott’s family for their loss.  I will be following this story closely to see what ends up happening.  Here is a link to one of the many news stories surrounding this tragic event:

Police Shooting at Costco

As a CHL instructor in Texas, I urge anyone with a license to carry concealed, and who exercises their rights to do so, to be very cautious.  I would hate to think that Mr. Scott died because of a police mistake or a mistake on his part that was taken for an aggressive move.  I don’t know if that was the case, but it might well have been.

Well folks, that’s all for now, and remember to always watch your six!

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