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Woman shot by police while officer killed husband who was holding her hostage outside gas station

By William Martin 5:18 AM November 17, 2017
Phillip Pitts holding his wife at gunpoint

Police have released a graphic video showing the moment a man and woman suffered gunshot wounds after they were shot by a police officer.

The incident unfolded when the couple began arguing outside a gas station in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One police officer arrived at the scene on Pyle Avenue and saw 41-year-old Phillip Pitts wrestling with his wife.

He also choked his wife while their daughter was reportedly nearby.

The officer asked the woman to step away from her husband, but she was unable to free herself.

The officer soon realized that Pitts was holding something in his hands.

He asked Pitts what he was holding in his hands

He did not reply, but his wife said that her husband was holding a gun.

The officer called for backup and demanded the husband drop the weapon but he did not comply.

When the second officer arrived at the scene and was unable to get the husband to comply, he shot the suspect.

Four shots were fired. One bullet hit the woman in the abdomen and the others hit her husband.

As soon as he fell to the ground, the injured wife was able to hobble away to safety. She was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Pitts died at the scene.

Authorities identified the officer who shot Pitts as 33-year-old David Nesheiwat who has been employed with the LVMPD since July 2006.

He was placed on paid administrative leave as part of standard procedures.