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A once bright NHP career unravels on the Mexican border

Reported by: Dana Gentry
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Updated: 5/01 8:49 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Eddie Dutchover was a standout trooper for the Nevada Highway Patrol with an uncanny ability to nab drugs and cash on southern Nevada highway's major arterials for transporting drugs.

He was responsible for pulling over the Escalade carrying Warren Jeffs, even though he didn't recognize him at first.

News 3's Dana Gentry unravels the story.

Marcus Lee lived a simple life in Moapa Valley. He spent his time four-wheeling, hunting and hanging out with friends and family.

His sister Samantha Lee says her brother was no angel but not a troublemaker either.
“He has had a few encounters with police officers before and he always cooperated,” she says.

But this time something went wrong. It was December of 2012. Lee says Moapa tribal police wanted to question her brother in connection with shots fired on the reservation. Shots Lee says, another man admitted to firing to break up a dog fight.

On that Sunday night her brother pulled into the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza with his disabled father, his cousin and son in tow.

The coroner's report cites a preliminary FBI investigation stating Lee pointed his gun at the officers.

Samantha Lee says a witness recounted a different story.

“He did have the gun in his hand it was down by his legs he didn't raise the guns and that's when the officer opened fire and shot him seven times,” Samantha Lee said.

The officer who fired all seven shots was Eddie Dutchover who was fired from the highway patrol for lying and deemed by the state attorney general unfit to be a cop.



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