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Las Vegas, USA — Retired California Police Chief Andreas Probst Deliberately Mowed Down And Killed, Media Claimed Bike Crash: Fact-Check

Several media outlets recently reported the tragic death of retired California Police Chief Andreas Probst in Las Vegas, claiming that he died in a bike crash. However, our investigation reveals that this news is misleading and inaccurate. Andreas Probst was deliberately mowed down and killed by a laughing teenage driver while out for a morning bike ride around 6 a.m. on August 14 in Las Vegas. This article will delve into the details of this horrific incident, shedding light on the misleading narratives circulating in the media.

The Deceptive Reports

The initial misleading news was published on [Archive] with the headline, “Retired police chief Andreas killed in bike crash remembered for the laugh, love of coffee.” This headline, along with similar reports, failed to provide an accurate context of the incident. The true nature of the tragedy was uncovered through articles from the New York Post [archive] and Yahoo News [archive], which presented a more accurate account of the events surrounding Probst’s death.

The Gruesome Incident

Retired Police Chief Andreas Probst, aged 64, was the victim of a deliberate act of violence. On the morning of August 14, while he was riding his bicycle in a designated bike lane near Tenaya Way and Centennial Parkway, he was intentionally struck by a 17-year-old driver behind the wheel of a stolen car. The shocking incident was captured on dash camera, showing the driver asking his companions, “Ready?” as they approached Probst. With their encouragement, the driver honked his horn and deliberately collided with the back tire of Probst’s bicycle, sending him flying. Probst was subsequently taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A Twitter user @ghostbrowser8 uploaded the video of the car accident.

Following the incident, the 17-year-old driver was arrested by Las Vegas police for the death of Andreas. Initially, he was suspected of hit and run, but due to the video evidence that allegedly showed him deliberately hitting Probst, he was later charged with murder. The date when these charges were filed remains unclear. Additionally, it remains uncertain whether the passenger who filmed the killing has been charged with any crime.

Further investigations have revealed that the two teenagers involved in this heinous crime were part of a larger crime spree on the day of Probst’s death. They reportedly stole four cars, struck another bicyclist (who survived), and were involved in a car collision before fleeing in stolen vehicles.

Charges and Court Appearances

The accused driver, Jesus Ayala, 18 (who was 17 at the time of the crime), faces a total of 18 charges. These charges include open murder with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and multiple counts related to stolen vehicles. His alleged passenger, Jzamir Keys, 16, is facing charges of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and battery with the use of a deadly weapon. Both suspects made their initial appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom and are now facing murder charges as adults.

The Intent & The Conclusion:

The tragic death of Police Chief Andreas Probst was not the result of a bike crash, as initially reported by some media outlets. Instead, it was a deliberate and heinous act carried out by teenagers, one of whom is now facing murder charges. The misleading news regarding the demise of Andreas Probst raises questions about the intent behind such inaccurate reporting. By framing the incident as a bike crash, the media attempted to downplay the severity of the crime and perhaps even defend the criminals. Following a precise analysis and fact-checking, our team has reviewed the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread below.

Claim: Media outlets reported that retired California Police Chief Andreas Probst was killed in a bike crash.

Fact: Andreas Probst was deliberately mowed down and killed by a laughing teenage driver.

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