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Pastor Fatally Shoots Two People In Neighbor Dispute As Daughter Watches

Las Vegas, NV – A 36-year-old pastor ended a long-running feud with an elderly woman neighbor when he fatally shot her and another man in the presence of his daughter.

Andrew Cote, 36, was arrested June 25 after he killed Mildred Olivo, 72, and her friend Timothy Hanson, 53, according to KVVU.

According to police, Cote had a history of disputes with Olivo.

The elderly neighbor had been served with an order of protection in April 2020 that Cote had applied for, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The neighbors had a history of calling the police on each other over the last few years, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The police had showed up at Olivo’s house seven times in 2020.

According to a police report, Olivo and Cote had an argument earlier on the day of the shooting. Olivo is alleged to have sprayed Cote and his daughter with a water hose.

Cote said he called the police but nothing happened, according to KVVU.

KLAS reported that Olivo had called Hanson over to protect her from Cote.

Later in the day, Hanson arrived at Olivo’s house and Hanson started yelling at Cote from the backyard. Cote said his daughter went into the backyard during the argument while Cote was inside, according to KVVU.

Cote said he then went and got his shotgun and went into the backyard. He said he shot Hanson and Olivo in the head and when Hanson was still moving, he shot Hanson a second time, KVVU reported.

After Cote shot both victims, he called police at about 10 p.m. and told them he had shot Olivo and Hanson with his shotgun.

Police asked Cote why he didn’t take his daughter inside before shooting the two people.

Police said Cote’s answer was, “not tonight,” according to KVVU.

Cote was charged with two counts of open murder.

The Las Vegas Sun said that Cote was married with three young children and was a pastor with Faith Love Baptist Church.

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Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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