Inquest set in Las Vegas federal building shooting


The Clark County coroner is scheduling an inquest into the Jan. 4 shooting that left a shotgun-wielding assailant and a court security officer dead, and a U.S. marshal wounded at a federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas.

Assistant Coroner Ron Fudenberg said Wednesday the coroner is required by county law to hold a fact-finding proceeding any time someone dies at the hands of law enforcement.

Fudenberg says several witnesses are scheduled for the Feb. 19 inquest, and it's expected to take most of the day.

A seven-person jury will decide whether the use of lethal force in the slaying of 66-year-old gunman Johnny Lee Wicks was justified, excusable or criminal.

Authorities say Wicks fired five times, and seven guards and marshals returned 81 shots before Wicks was killed.

 

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