California Patrol Officer Killed in Alleged Carjacking Crash

LAS VEGAS -- A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and another man suffered critical injuries Sunday after a carjacking in a hotel valet area ended in a crash, Metro Police said.

Officer Jesus Magdaleno Jr., 33, and Felix Cruz, were in Las Vegas with family and friends for Magdaleno's bachelor party. He was supposed to get married next month. The two men were preparing to head home to California.

As the two men were loading the back of their pick up truck in the valet area of the Flamingo Hotel, a man identified as James Montgomery, 29, jumped into the driver's seat.

According to the arrest report, Cruz, who was in the truck bed, called for help as Montgomery began driving away. Witnesses told police, Magdaleno chased after the truck on foot and identified himself as a police officer. He was eventually able to jump into the bed of the truck.

A witness told police she could hear Cruz and Magdaleno screaming for help as Montgomery sped along Flamingo Road. Police said, Montgomery ran red lights and eventually crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Valley View Boulevard.

Both men were thrown from the truck's bed. Magdaleno was pronounced dead and Cruz suffered critical injuries and is not expected to survive, medical personnel told police.

WATCH: Metro Police accompanied Magdaleno's body as it was removed from the scene.

According to the arrest report, Montgomery, who suffered non life-threatening injuries, told police he had no recollection of anything except walking around the Flamingo Hotel and being involved in a crash. He is from Tustin, California.

Montgomery was arrested and charged in absentia for murder, robbery, kidnapping, battery resulting in substantial bodily harm and grand larceny auto.

Magdaleno was an officer in Visalia, California.

 

 

 

 


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