On December 20th at around 9 A.M., detectives were conducting an investigation near 1st Street and North Mineral Road when they spotted a man on an ATV. As the man approached the authorities, the detectives on-site immediately recognized the individual as 27-year-old Edward Angelo. The detectives were able to identify the person by sight because he had several felony warrants and was a wanted man by their specific department.
Authorities attempted to contact Angelo to bring him into custody, but he immediately attempted to flee via the ATV that he was driving. Police followed the ATV by car. It wasn’t long before the ATV stalled out.
Angelo got off the ATV and began shooting at detectives. In response, the authorities also fired shots. Angelo took off on foot, but he was detained a short distance away without further gunshots.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the ordeal.
Angelo has been taken to the Mohave County Jail where his charges are pending. He will face his original charges that initially created the warrants as well as new charges for the shootout and attempt at fleeing.
When you’ve been accused of committing multiple felonies, then it’s natural to feel like you should run away from the situation entirely. After all, felonies are the highest category of crime under the law, and multiple felony convictions can land you in jail for life.
Despite that, you’ll only make your situation worse by attempting to flee. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt to shoot at police, even if you don’t intend on actually hitting the police with the bullets. For one, a shootout is extremely dangerous for both the police and you. In the situation above, the police returned fire.
If that happened to you, then you could accidentally get hit and even suffer a fatal injury as a result of your decision to shoot. You could also strike an officer, wounding or even killing them.
For another, you’ll definitely incur more criminal charges if you attempt to shoot or flee from police. Resisting arrest and assaulting an officer are both criminal offenses. In Nevada, when you assault an on-duty officer, then you’ll get charged with at least a gross misdemeanor and possibly a felony if a firearm is used. Resisting arrest is also a felony when firearms are used. When firearms aren’t used, the offense is a misdemeanor.
Rather than attempting to flee or shoot the police, it’s far better to get taken into custody and then contact an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. Do not speak with the police about your charges until you’ve consulted with a lawyer. You have a right to legal representation when you’ve been charged with a crime even if you can’t afford to hire your own lawyer. With that in mind, request representation if you are not able to hire your own.
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