It’s apparently the unemployment line for a Las Vegas detective who stopped an attempted armed robbery while off-duty, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department isn’t shedding any light on the officer’s status.
ABC News reports Lance Spiotto’s official separation date was Aug. 1. However, a spokesperson with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they could not release any other information about Spiotto’s departure because it is a personnel issue.
According to ABC News, Spiotto’s departure comes eight months after he was involved in an off-duty shooting while trying to stop an armed robbery at the West Flamingo Animal Hospital.
Two shots were fired while Spiotto wrestled with suspect Ronald Clark in an altercation recorded via the animal hospital’s surveillance camera.
While officials will not say exactly why Spiotto is no longer with the department, ABC News reports Spiotto has filed a lawsuit against the LVMPD.
Days after the shooting investigators said they were looking into whether the deputy was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the shooting.
“It was determined they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage,” ABC News reports Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said in a Dec. 2016.
According to ABC News Spiotto’s lawsuit argues investigators violated Spiotto’s civil rights during the investigation into the shooting.
It lists seven causes of action including: detention without arrest, wrongful arrest, wrongful search and seizure and false imprisonment, as well as several lesser claims.
In the lawsuit, ABC News reports Spiotto claims after being treated for injuries sustained during the altercation with Clark, investigators improperly detained him for more than the hour.
Spiotto’s lawsuit also argues a detective involved in the investigation learned he left the hospital after treatment when the officer driving Spiotto home was ordered to return him to the hospital.
Once they arrived ABC News reports the lawsuit reads, “Det. Jex informed Det. Spiotto he was under arrest for being under the influence of alcohol while in possession of a firearm.”
In a nine-page written response, Las Vegas police denied the allegation on several grounds.
ABC News reports Spiotto’s lawyers would not comment on the lawsuit.
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