An 18-year-old man filed a $10 million lawsuit Thursday that accuses a North Las Vegas police officer of shooting him in August "without justification or provocation."
Lamar Kiles has been hospitalized at University Medical Center since Aug. 13, when officer Robinson Reed shot him in the side with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Attorney Brent Bryson said doctors do not know whether Kiles will ever walk again.
The shooting occurred after police were called to the Judith Villas, 711 E. Nelson Ave., northeast of Carey Avenue and Interstate 15. It was the second time that morning that officers had responded to reports of gunfire at the apartment complex.
When officers arrived the second time, about 12:55 a.m., Reed and several other officers bolted through the dark complex with guns drawn in search of the source of the shots.
Numerous young men were running in all directions, and the officers were trying to control them.
Officer Justin Roberts, a spokesman for the department, said Kiles came up behind Reed and two other officers as they were trying to get some of the young men in handcuffs.
During an interview in August, Roberts said Reed saw Kiles "make a furtive movement leading the officer to believe his life was in jeopardy." Reed fired a single blast from his shotgun, striking Kiles in the side.
"Once again we have a shooting, and we have allegations of a furtive movement, and the person who got shot was unarmed," Bryson said. "I want the community to decide whether or not they’re going to allow these types of shootings of unarmed people. I have every intention of trying this case. This is not a case that will be settled."
Bryson represented Connie Perrin, the mother of an unarmed pedestrian who was fatally shot by a Las Vegas police officer in 1999.
Perrin filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer and Las Vegas police, but a federal jury ruled in favor of the defendants after a trial in December.
On Thursday, Roberts said the North Las Vegas Police Department’s Force Review Board has determined that Reed’s actions on the morning of the shooting "fell within the guidelines of the department’s use- of-force policy."
Reed, who continues to work as a patrol officer, could not be reached for comment.
During the incident at the Judith Villas, police arrested 19- year-old Michael Harris, Kiles’ cousin, on a charge of shooting into an occupied structure.
According to Kiles’ lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, he was visiting Harris’ apartment on the morning of the shooting.
During the previous evening, the document alleges, gang members had mistaken Kiles for Harris and fired at him.
After returning to his apartment and learning about the incident, Harris left the residence, according to the lawsuit.
Shortly after Harris left, the lawsuit alleges, Kiles stepped outside to investigate a commotion.
After running down from the third floor of the complex, Kiles encountered several uniformed officers who pointed weapons at him and ordered him to freeze, according to the lawsuit.
The document claims "no reasonable officer would have believed that at the time Reed shot Kiles, that Kiles posed a threat of danger to anyone."
Kiles’ sister, Sherita Thomas-McDade, is also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, which alleges civil rights violations. She is involved in the case as a representative of Kiles’ infant son.