LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
A Las Vegas Metro Policeman was shot and a suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting near the Las Vegas Strip Tuesday afternoon.
Police units responded to a report of a suspicious lorry parked in front of a company at 4100 block of West Tompkins Avenue near Tropicana Opportunity and Arville Street at 4:15 p.m.. According to Sgt. Jeff Clark, as the officers approached the lorry, the male suspect inside the lorry opened fire and struck 2 officers.
The injured officer was transferred to University Medical Center where “he is okay,” inning accordance with Sgt. Clark. He included that the officer was anticipated to be released Tuesday night.
The other officer was also struck, but a belt kept him from suffering any injury, authorities stated.
Cops said the suspect chose not to get out of his automobile. A heavily armed SWAT group reacted to the scene as authorities treated it as a barricade.
Sgt. Clark prompted motorists to stay clear of the area while it was an active scene.
City stated the officer was wearing a bullet proof vest, but was hit in his lower left chest area. The officer has four kids and his moms and dads and future husband came to the healthcare facility as he was dealt with.
It began as a stolen property case Sunday, where a victim reported their mobile phone was stolen from an automobile break-in. That phone was tracked to the truck that the suspect was owning, Metro said.
“It doesn’t matter what area this happens in, everyone comes together and supports each other (in times like these),” Constable Joe Lombardo said.
See Steven Nagy-Szakal stated he works as a sales partner in the area. He stated he saw a traffic stop with 2 officers on each side of the driver. The driver on the guest’s side was touching his weapon throughout the stop. He then went to the motorist’s side. “The officer should have seen a weapon and both (authorities and the suspect) began shooting.”
“When the shots took place, I wasn’t frightened. After, it began setting in that this really simply occurred. It’s never taken place to me face to face. It was more frightening. You got to hear the shots. It sounded like prohibited fireworks. It was a really weird and scary experience,” Nagy-Szakal said.
Captain Kelly McMahill provided an update on the case Tuesday night.
“We are incredibly lucky. I feel extremely blessed our officers are able to go home to their families,” she said.
The intersection of Tompkins Opportunity at Arville Street was closed in addition to Arville Street in between Flamingo Roadway and Tropicana Opportunity.
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