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Banner alleging Vegas police cover-up to fly at U.S. Open

• Orange County Register

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Spectators at Sunday's U.S. Open of Surfing might see this message flying over the ocean: "Vegas police cover up? R.I.P. Erik B. Scott.com."

Here's what it means:

Family and friends have paid for a plane to fly a banner near the municipal pier in an attempt to gain national attention for Scott's death and in hopes of getting answers to some questions.

Scott, a West Point graduate with an MBA from Duke, was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Las Vegas Costco on July 10, and family and friends say they have little information about what actually occurred.

Scott, who was carrying a weapon, according to police, was shot by three officers leaving Costco when he allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at the officers, according Channel 8.

Police told Channel 8 the officers asked Scott to drop the weapon and when he refused they fired multiple rounds at him.

Scott's supporters say he was carrying a licensed weapon concealed in a holster. They allege five of the seven shots were fired into his back.

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