Monday, May 4, 2020

26-year old homeowner is arrested for shooting at Amazon delivery driver whom he mistook for armed robber

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department has revealed one Austin Lattana, 26, has been taken into custody after he reportedly opened fire at an unidentified Amazon worker.

Lattana has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a weapon where a persons can be endangered and discharging a weapon on an occupied vehicle/residence.

The April 25 incident began around 11:30pm that night when authorities received a call from the Amazon driver.

He told dispatchers that a resident, later identified as Lattana, confronted him while he was delivering a package to a neighbor's home, according to police report obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


The driver, who was wearing an official Amazon vest at the time, said Lattana shined a flashlight in his face.

The driver advised that he delivers packages for Amazon and is tasked with deliveries during certain time frames,' the report said, adding that the package was supposed to be delivered before midnight.

Lattana continued to reportedly shine the flashlight at the Amazon driver and followed him back to the delivery truck.

The driver also said a woman took a photo of his license plate.

As the driver was preparing to leave the cul-de-sac, Lattana allegedly fired multiple bullets into the Amazon truck and shattered the rear view mirror.

'The driver heard a firearm discharging and his vehicle was hit by bullets. His rear view mirror shattered,' the report said.

A front passenger window and the front driver's window were also struck by bullets, as were four nearby homes and some cars.

The driver was not injured in the shooting, but quickly called 911 to alert police of the incident.

Lattana told authorities that the driver was trying to burglarize his home and did not believe the man was actually an Amazon worker. 

He claimed that he began shooting when the driver reached for something inside his vehicle.

'Lattana said that a guy was walking around the cul-de-sac,' the report said.

'Lattana confronted him, and the guy said he works for Amazon. Lattana did not believe him. When the Amazon driver entered his vehicle, Lattana said he observed him reaching for something, so he began shooting at him.'

A witness told police that Lattana threatened to shoot the driver if he did not leave the neighborhood.

Authorities found 14 shell casings in Lattana's driveway. A search warrant of his home uncovered additional weapons, including a loaded AR-15 rifle and a loaded .45-caliber handgun.'

An Amazon spokesperson told Las Vegas Review-Journal that the company is investigating the incident.

'This is a terrible incident and we are thankful the delivery driver is safe,' said Timothy Carter.

Lattana was taken to Clark County Detention Center with bail set to $10,000. 

He was reportedly not able to appear in court on Monday because he was at a local hospital. It's unclear what Lattana was being treated for.




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