Two men were convicted of attempted murder Friday for their roles in the shooting of a Metropolitan Police Department officer nearly three years ago.
Along with two counts of attempted murder each, Clemon Hudson, 22, and Steven Turner, 27, also were found guilty of battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, attempted burglary in possession of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit burglary.
In September 2015, officer Jeremy Robertson, 37, was shot in his upper right leg, and officer Malik Grego-Smith, 35, shot Turner in the left calf.
John Giordani and Leah Beverly, chief deputy district attorneys, prosecuted the attempted murder case and released the following statement after the verdicts were announced:
“These two brave LVMPD officers put themselves between the assailants and 2 people who were about to be robbed, and the defendants fired on them with a high powered assault rifle and a shotgun. We are glad the jury followed their oath and held them accountable.”
Robertson was a 14-year veteran of the force when he was shot.
“He is back to full duty but has lifelong injuries as a result of the shooting,” Giordani said in a separate statement. “I think it’s fair to say this changed his life forever.”
Officers had responded to a home in the 6700 block of Oveja Circle, near the intersection of Alta Drive and Rainbow Boulevard, where Las Vegas police said a 911 caller reported armed men in the backyard.
The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in June.