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Prison Homicide Raises Questions Of Guards' Use Of Guns

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada prison where a handcuffed inmate was killed by a guard with a shotgun has an unusually high number of incidents of corrections officers firing guns, despite the vast majority of lockups nationwide not allowing anyone to even carry guns.

Between 2007 and 2011, Nevada Department of Corrections statistics show shots were fired by High Desert State Prison guards more than any other type of force, except for using their hands. Guards fired guns 215 times between 2007 and 2011. That includes 60 shots in 2011 — the most recent year figures were available. A baton or taser appear to have never been used.

Nevada Department of Corrections says it doesn't comment on pending investigations and didn't answer questions about its use of force and weapons policies.