Deadly 2018 shooting ruled self-defense

Deadly 2018 shooting ruled self-defense

From the Las Vegas Optic

Homicide charges will not be filed in the 2018 shooting death of Jeromy “Joker” Vasquez, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores.

“The investigation was conducted by the Las Vegas Police Department wherein they concluded that the shooting of Mr. Vasquez by Albert Herrera was self-defense,” Flores said in a press release. “The DA’s office concurs with their assessment.”

The determination comes more than two years after the Jan. 21, 2018, shooting. In that time, details on the case have been scarce. In March 2018 and June 2018, court officials told the Optic the case was sealed.

The Optic was granted initial LVPD incident reports in June 2018, as part of a records request made under New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act, but those records did not identify who shot Vasquez.

Seeking reports from LVPD investigators, the Optic again filed an IPRA request in August 2019, but the request was denied by the city. The Optic filed a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General, which determined the city had violated state law by denying the request. A subsequent request for the records was granted in December 2019.