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County Commissioner Charged in Shooting Incident

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins is facing charges of discharging a firearm within the city of North Las Vegas and disturbing the peace.

City Attorney Jeffrey Barr authorized the misdemeanor charges following the shooting incident on July 3, 2012.

According the police reports, Collins fired a handgun outside of his home on North Decatur Boulevard around 11 p.m. Neighbors called 911 to report gunfire coming from Collins' backyard.

When officers entered the yard, they spotted a falling tree and a chain saw, police said. Collins said he shot at a tree because he was mad at it.

Barr said, after filing the charges, the case should go forward in order to remain consistent with the city's firm stance against illegal gunfire.

"It is less of a problem than it was a decade ago. That's because we have been involved in a campaign to do the best we can to eradicate illegal gunfire in the city limits," said Tim Bedwell with North Las Vegas Police Department.

The maximum penalty for each charge is a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail. Collins will be arraigned in North Las Vegas Municipal Court on Sept. 24.

The city attorney faces a few challenges in proving Collins fired the gun. No one witnessed the shooting and the neighbors who said they heard the gunfire refused to sign witness statements.