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Authorities launched revealing body cam video and the cause of death Friday for an armed suspect in an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday near the Las Vegas strip. The shootout and subsequent stand-off scenario, left two Metro Policeman shot and one injured.
The Clark County Coroner’s office stated 25-year-old Miguel Salas died from a gunshot injury to the head.
Salas was the suspect named in the officer-involved shooting event that happened Tuesday night.
In the body cam video of the shooting, police asked Salas to step out of the truck and he declined.”
Step out of the cars and truck,”an officer is heard stating. “Why do you need me to step out of my car?” Salas said.” I’m refraining from doing nothing!” “Yes, you are
. You’re not listening to our command. Do you want to get tased? “the officer said. In the video, an officer holds Salas ‘left wrist as he argued with the cops. In a split second, Salas grabs a gun and begins firing at cops. Officers run for cover and fire back at Salas.
“Shots fired! I’ve been struck! Shots fired, I’ve been hit!” Metro Policeman Richard Nelson is heard screaming.
Cops said systems initially responded to a report of a suspicious lorry, that was linked to a report of a stolen mobile phone, parked in front of a business in the 4100 block of West Tompkins Avenue at 4:15 p.m.
. Inning accordance with Metro Authorities Sgt. Jeff Clark, as officers approached the lorry, the suspect opened fire and struck 2 officers from inside the automobile.
[MORE: Pictures from Tuesday’s occurrence scene]
Officer Richard Nelson, 33, was using a bullet proof vest when he was struck in the lower left chest area and consequently carried to University Medical Center. Nelson has 4 children and his parents and fiance were at the healthcare facility while he was dealt with.
Sgt. Clark upgraded the scenario and reported Officer Nelson “was fine” after the occurrence.
The other officer, who has not been determined, was likewise struck, but his consistent belt kept him from suffering any wounds, cops said.
“It does not matter exactly what location this happens in, everybody comes together and supports each other (in times like these),” Constable Joe Lombardo stated.
Officer Nelson has been utilized with the department since April 2009. He has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the result of a review of this event.
Metro Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts briefed the media Friday afternoon, said he talked to both officers involved in the shooting and both are “doing well.”
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