LAS VEGAS — A personal injury attorney has been identified as the man shot dead last week by at least one FBI agent in a wealthy Las Vegas neighborhood, the US state attorney’s office said Tuesday.
Matthew Beasley, 49, was charged with one count of assaulting a federal officer in connection with the March 3 standoff that led to at least one FBI agent opening fire.
That day, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI agents visited Beasley at his home about 17 miles northwest of the Strip for questioning “as part of an investigation In progress”.
When officers knocked on the glass doors of the attorney’s $1.1 million home, “Beasley appeared with part of his body obscured.”
After an agent removed his suit jacket to show the attorney his FBI badge, authorities said Tuesday, “Beasley then showed up completely with a gun pointed at his own head.”
Beasley then pointed the gun at the officers, prompting “one or more” of the federal officers to open fire, hitting Beasley, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
No further information about the investigation that led officers to Beasley has been released.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for March 22 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.
According to records kept by the state bar, Beasley has not been subject to previous disciplinary action.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Rio Lacanlale is the Las Vegas correspondent for the Reno Gazette Journal and the USA Today Network. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @riolacanlale. Support local journalism by subscribing to RGJ today.