Additional details of September 28 officer-involved shooting released

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police have released additional details from a September 28 deadly officer involved shooting.

Around at 10:29 a.m., the Henderson Police were called to assist Metro Police in locating a missing/endangered and suicidal man. Authorities later identified the suspect as 48-year-old Craig Cuddihy.

Cuddihy had not committed or wanted for any crime, but he had made statements that he was in a mental health crisis and indicated he wanted to commit suicide.

Officers also received information that Cuddihy was armed with a handgun, a rifle, or both. The suspects cell phone was in the area of 6020 West Charleston Blvd. and was driving a silver Toyota SUV.

Metro Officer Weston Williams and his partner located Cuddihy at approximately 11:05 a.m. inside of his vehicle at the Auto Zone at 5810 W. Charleston Blvd. Upon seeing the marked patrol cars, Cuddihy drove in the direction of officers before fleeing the parking lot and driving west on Charleston to S. Jones Blvd. Cuddihy then turned north onto Jones Blvd. where he drove to a shopping center at 240 N. Jones Blvd.

At that location, he struck a citizen vehicle but there were no injuries.

Cuddihy drove through the parking lot and around the main building until he reached an alley on the north side of the complex. The suspect drove past the Metro officer and his partner pulling into an alcove at the back of the shopping center in the alleyway. Cuddihy got out of his vehicle with a gun in his hand, but did not place the vehicle in park with the vehicle rolling away.

Officer Williams and his partner began issuing verbal commands for Cuddihy to drop the gun and attempted to de-escalate the situation.

The suspect ignored the commands and eventually raised the gun to his head and fired one round.

Simultaneously, Officer Williams, believing Cuddihy was attempting to point the gun at the officers, fired one round from his duty handgun which struck Cuddihy in his left shoulder. The officers approached the suspect to render aid, but immediately realized he died.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled Craig Cuddihy’s death a suicide.

This was the 18th officer involved shooting for 2017 and will be counted as the 10th non-fatal officer involved shooting for the year.

Metro Police’s Force Investigation Team is currently investigating the officer’s use of force in this incident.

Their findings will be forwarded to the Clark County District Attorney for review.


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