Video Shows Moapa Tribal Cops Fatally Shoot Man After Seven Minute Talk

A surveillance video 

  I’ve obtained exclusively of a fatal shooting by Moapa Tribal Police contradicts the account police gave when it happened almost three years ago.

In 2013 I  reported on Eddie Dutchover, a former Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper who lost his job for lying and went on to work for the Moapa Paiute Tribal Police, who patrol a stretch of I-15.

My story detailed a December 2012 fatal shooting involving Dutchover at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza.  Now, I’ve got the video, obtained from the FBI through a Freedom of Information Act.

You’ll see Marcus Lee, who police wanted to question about gunshots he allegedly fired in the desert a day earlier, leave the convenience store with his young son and another man, who are told by police to go back inside.  After seven minutes of discussion, at 19:21:25 on the video’s time code, the officer on the left pulls what appears to be a taser and fires.  Lee’s father reaches for the weapon and is thrown to the ground as more shots are fired.

As I reported, the Coroner’s report cited a preliminary FBI investigation, which said “The decedent reportedly reached into his vehicle for a hand gun and pointed it at the officer.”

As you’ll see on the video, which is quite disturbing, Lee appears to be forced into his vehicle by the shots fired at him.

2 thoughts on “Video Shows Moapa Tribal Cops Fatally Shoot Man After Seven Minute Talk

  1. Dana, regarding the fatal shooting of Marcus Lee by Moapa Tribal police, how can I get information regarding the FBI’s findings. Where do I go and how do I ask for it? I am a friend of the widow. She has just seen the video. (Yikes!). We all want to know about the investigation, who was investigated, the findings and the final decision. Any help you can offer would be so greatly appreciated.

    P.S. While I was trying to find info on Marcus, I couldn’t help but notice the number of reports of fatal shootings by Tribal Police. A trigger-happy bunch?

    1. I’m sorry for the anguish Mrs. Lee must have experienced seeing the video. I hope she understands it’s in the public interest. I received what information I have from the FBI. Much of it is in the 2013 story I posted. I don’t believe the names of the officers involved have been released. The officers were exonerated.

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