Male shot by Vegas authorities tried '' suicide by cop, ' undersheriff says

A guy shot by cops near the Stratosphere on Saturday pertained to Las Vegas to pass away, according to Metro.

Patrick Stoltz, 52, a North Dakota local, pointed a handgun at 2 officers, and they fired on him. He survived, but now faces criminal charges.

Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill stated Stoltz left letters at the Shalimar Hotel Las Vegas, where he was remaining, that said he planned to pass away and have authorities do the grunt work.

In an interview Wednesday, McMahill made an emotional plea, saying that many authorities shootings are cases of suicide by police officer.

“I plead of you to look for help,” he said of anyone contemplating suicide. “Kindly don’t put our officers in this position any longer.”

Metro officers Jeremiah Beckman and Steven Williams, both with the Downtown Area Command’s Tourist Safety Department, shot at Stoltz just before 1 a.m. Saturday in the rear parking lot of the Shalimar, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Stoltz was struck once in the back of the head and taken to University Medical Center.

He was released from the hospital and booked at the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday. He faces 3 counts of attacking policeman with a deadly weapon and one counting of resisting law enforcement agent with a lethal weapon. He is being held without bail and is set up for a court look July 29, according to jail logs.

Stoltz pertained to Las Vegas 2 weeks ago, McMahill said. He spent the afternoon before his encounter with authorities going to and from his room and the hotel office, where he requested for letters and envelopes. He provided the hotel supervisor a letter to mail for him.

The hotel supervisor later on got a call about gunshots from Stoltz’ room, McMahill stated. A staff member found Stoltz resting on the ground holding a handgun in the rear parking lot a brief time later on. Authorities showed up and made certain Stoltz wasn’t in his car. As an officer was peering through the open door to Stoltz’ room, the guy came out with a gun.

Stoltz displayed an unloaded.45-caliber Sig Sauer P227, which he pointed at the officers utilizing a “two-handed combat grip,” McMahill stated.

Williams fired 5 rounds at Stoltz from a 12-gauge shotgun. None of the blasts made contact.

Beckman navigated behind Stoltz, and one of the 3 rounds he fired from a.40-caliber Sig Sauer P226 made contact. McMahill stated the officers were about 58 feet far from Stotlz at the time.

McMahill said Stoltz’ letters, along with video recordings of the occurrence, were not being released to the general public, since they will certainly be made use of as proof in a criminal trial.

Stoltz has a nonviolent criminal history including a conviction in the Denver suburban area of Aurora, Co., for marijuana growing, McMahill stated. He bought the pistol at a North Dakota weapon shop in May.

This is Metro’s fifth authorities shooting this year. In 2014 at this time there had been 11 shootings involving Las Vegas law enforcement agent, McMahill stated.

Eighteen of the 62 police shootings including City because 2011 had suspects expressing suicide by cop tendencies, McMahill said.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com!.?.! and 702-383-0391. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl

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