A teenager accused of intentionally hitting and killing a retired Las Vegas police chief reportedly said he would be out of jail “in 30 days” as he was taken into custody.
Two teenagers, then aged 16 and 17, were arrested for plowing into Andreas Probst, 64, while he was on his morning bike ride on August 14.
Both teenagers face multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder.
The older suspect, who is now 18, reportedly recorded video of the collision as his friend was driving.
Police camera footage released 8newsnow reportedly shows the 18-year-old telling police he would take nothing more than a “slap on the wrist” for a hit-and-run as he was taken into custody this week.
“You think this young man [expletive] will do some [expletive]? I'll be out in 30 days, I'll bet you,” he can be heard saying.
“It's just ah, [expletive] ah, hit and run — slap on the wrist.'
Video purported to show the crash that killed Probst has been widely circulated online.
In a video of the fatal hit-and-run, one of the teenagers can be heard asking “Ready?” before teenagers mowed down Probst.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, hit his a**,” says the other teenager as the driver pulls into the bike lane behind Probst.
The retired police chief is then knocked off his bike and thrown into the windshield.
“Damn, that n**** got knocked out!” then the passenger is heard saying. “Oh, sh**, we have to get out of here,” the driver replies in a panic.
A final image from the moving car shows Probst on the ground by the curb as the teenagers drive away laughing.
Probst was rushed to hospital where he died.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to say Thursday whether police have the cell phone on which the video was allegedly recorded.
Deputy Police Chief Nick Farese called the recording, which was taken from inside a stolen vehicle, appalling and a “cowardly act”.
He said the teenagers left Probst “for dead on the side of a road.”
Both teenagers are expected to be tried in adult court.
Las Vegas police said they connected the teenagers to at least three hit-and-run incidents and three carjackings on the morning of Aug. 14.
According to police, the teenagers first hit a 72-year-old bicyclist while riding in a stolen Hyundai sedan, drove away, crashed into a Toyota Corolla and drove off again before hitting Probst.
The 72-year-old was not injured in the collision.
Probst's daughter Taylor said the family was devastated by her father's “senseless murder.”
She described her father as “a man of honor” and “a real ‘Pee-Wee Herman'.”
He said: “Andy's life was robbed by two people who didn't think other people's lives mattered,” he said. “We ask you not to politicize his death or use it for culture wars. He was a man of honor, with over 35 years in law enforcement. A little league daddy, an honorary member of the Boy Scouts, a real Pee-Yee Herman, a jokester, a prankster.'
She attributed the violence against her father to social media and “corrupted family values.”
Probst retired from law enforcement in 2009 and served as police chief in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell. After his retirement, he moved to the Las Vegas area where he worked in global security.
The two teenagers have yet to enter pleas and are being held without bail.
Teenagers cannot face the death penalty. Under Nevada law, if convicted in an adult court of murder committed before the age of 18, the most severe sentence they can receive is 20 years to life in prison.