Police captain who introduced new City of Las Vegas gunshot detection technology last October remains silent, no new details
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) — The Las Vegas Metro Police Department captain that went missing at 2 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2017, was the same captain that introduced the city’s new ShotSpotter gunshot detection program on Oct. 16, 2017, just two-weeks after the Oct. 1 Harvest Music Festival massacre.
LVMPD Capt. James LaRochelle went missing in the wee hours on Dec. 21, 2017, but was located later the same day by authorities who offered little to no explanation about the captain’s disappearance and reemergence.
According to a Facebook group emergency incident administrator named Mikey Slyman, on Dec. 21 the LVMPD put out a “BOLO” or a “missing persons” report and broadcast the AWOL police captain’s name, his physical description, and the description of his vehicle many times throughout the day which Slyman thought was out of the ordinary.
“They kept broadcasting this person all through the day,” he said. “So finally one of the guys in my group said ‘I’m going to look his name up because they are really concerned about this missing person.'”
That’s when Slyman said he and another person realized that LaRochelle was an LVMPD captain and that he went missing with “a bunch of guns.”
In fact, authorities were so worried about the whereabouts of Rochelle that they even broadcast the BOLO in Arizona.
Moreover, Capt. Rochelle was instrumental in the public roll-out and announcement of the city’s new 1-year-long gunshot detection pilot program which uses ShotSpotter technology to pinpoint gunshots within seconds of discharge.
“It’s a very odd and very fishy situation,” filmmaker Ramsey Denison said.