The Latest: Suspect shot by Vegas police had convictions

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Posted: Jan 02, 2016 12:34 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a suspect by police who mistook the cellphone he was holding for a gun (all times local):

9:33 a.m.

A Phoenix attorney who represented a man fatally shot by Las Vegas police after they mistook his cellphone for a gun says his client was wanted for missing his trial for multiple crimes, none of which was attempted murder.

Brad Reinhart says he last had contact with Keith Childress Jr. on Dec. 17 when Childress was supposed to attend the verdict of his trial in Phoenix.

A jury convicted the 23-year-old of burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping, theft and aggravated assault.

Officers on Thursday were assisting U.S. marshals in arresting Childress, who they said was an attempted murder suspect.

Police say they told Childress to put down what they believed was a firearm in his right hand but that he refused and advanced toward them.

He was shot several times.

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8:41 a.m.

Authorities have identified an attempted murder suspect who was fatally shot by Las Vegas police after they mistook his cellphone for a gun.

The Clark County Office of the Coroner said Saturday that 23-year-old Keith Childress Jr. died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide.

The shooting occurred Thursday as the officers were assisting U.S. marshals in arresting Childress, who is accused of multiple violent felonies in Arizona.

Police say Childress was found outside a home and his right hand held what they believed to be a firearm.

Officers told him to drop his weapon but say he began advancing toward them.

Two officers opened fire.

Childress was pronounced dead at the scene.