Police identify officer in fatal shooting

Las Vegas police identified 11-year veteran Peter Montesanti as the officer who on Thursday shot and killed a 45-year-old Las Vegan brandishing a gun at police.

Montesanti, 35, is a member of the police department’s SWAT team.

Police said Brian Ramirez led them on a valleywide chase early Thursday after he had fled the scene of a domestic disturbance in the northwest valley.

Ramirez fired at least one shot at police during a chase that ended in Henderson after officers disabled the Dodge pickup he was driving with spike strips, police said.

Ramirez got out of the pickup at Sunset Road and Marks Street and held a handgun to his head as negotiators talked to him, police said. During the confrontation Ramirez fired one shot in the air, police said.

As dawn approached, SWAT officers tried to subdue Ramirez with low-lethal weapons, police said. Ramirez then aimed his gun at officers, police said. That’s when Montesanti fired the lone shot that killed Ramirez.

Montesanti was placed on paid leave, a standard procedure after officer-involved shootings.


Judge rejects girls’ discrimination claim

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed on behalf of two girls kicked out of a Christian school that suspected they were lesbians.

A judge in Riverside, Calif., ruled Jan. 11 that the girls’ discrimination lawsuit had no basis in California anti-discrimination law.

The students and their parents sued California Lutheran School in Wildomar after they were expelled in 2005 because the school suspected the 11th-graders were having a lesbian relationship.

The private school views homosexuality as a sin, and its code of conduct states that students can be removed for behavior that contradicts “Christian values.”

An appeal of the ruling is expected.

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