Teenager charged with murder in hit-and-run death of retired police chief

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A retired police chief from California met a tragic end in Las Vegas when a teenager, allegedly laughing and egged on by a friend, intentionally ran him over while he was cycling. The incident, which occurred on the morning of August 14, was captured on video and later circulated on social media, leading to the arrest and subsequent murder charge against the 17-year-old driver.

Andreas Probst, 64, was enjoying his morning bike ride around 6 a.m. when he was fatally struck. The former chief of police in Bell, California, Probst had relocated to Las Vegas following his retirement in 2009. He had dedicated 35 years of his life to law enforcement, leaving behind a legacy of service and commitment.

The teenager, whose identity has not been revealed because of his age, was apprehended by the Las Vegas police shortly after the incident. Initially, he was arrested on suspicion of a hit-and-run. However, the discovery of a video on social media, allegedly showing the teenager intentionally hitting Probst, led to an upgrade in charges to murder.

The video, which went viral over the weekend, reportedly shows the driver asking his friends if they were “ready” before striking Probst. The laughter of the driver and his friends can be heard in the background, with one of them encouraging the driver to “hit his ass.”

Following the incident, Probst was rushed to the University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The status of the passenger who filmed the incident remains unclear, with no information available on whether they have been charged with any crime.

A memorial service was held earlier this month to honor Probst’s life and service. His daughter, Taylor Probst, described him as a “ray of sunshine,” while his wife, Crystal, remembered him as an “amazing man, a husband, a father, a brother.”