Metro: Officers shot near Tropicana and Arville; suspect is dead

One bullet stopped by officer's belt

LAS VEGAS - A Metro Police officer was shot near S. Arville Street and W. Tropicana Avenue. The suspect is dead.  

Police said the incident unfolded Tuesday in the 4100 block of W. Tompkins Drive, but after investigating a little further, it turns out everything started two days ago when a person's car was burglarized on July 30.

The person who broke into the vehicle stole several cell phones from the victim, Metro said. The victim went home and tracked his cell phone which on Tuesday, popped up in the area where the officer-involved shooting occurred.

The victim called the police and told officers that he had tracked his phone to a pickup truck parked in a parking lot of a business in the 4100 block of W. Tompkins.

When officers arrived at the scene, they approached the vehicle as an occupied suspicious vehicle, and spoke with a Hispanic man in the driver's seat, police said. At some point, the man started the truck. The officer asked him what he was doing and asked him to step out of the vehicle.

According to Metro Police, that's when the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and started shooting at the officers.  One of the officers was shot on the lower side of his chest.

The officer also returned multiple rounds toward the suspect, Metro said. Detectives said they believe the suspect was shot at least one time by rounds from the officer's gun.

A second officer was also shot by the suspect, but the round was stopped after it penetrated his gun belt.

The officer shot in the chest was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.  According to Sheriff Lombardo, a sergeant who arrived at the scene moments after the officers were shot, put the officer shot in the chest into his squad car and drove him to the hospital.

The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect barricaded himself in the vehicle near Arville and Tropicana, so SWAT officer were called to the scene. The suspect was eventually found dead in the vehicle. 

According to police, along with the wound from the officer's gun, the suspect also suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

During the active scene residents and business owners in the area were are asked to avoid the area while Metro investigated.

"I got to watch some of the body worn cameras from the incident tonight, and as I stand before you today I can tell you that we are extremely lucky and I feel very blessed that our officers are able to go home tonight and be with their families, said Capt. Kelly McMahill, Metro Police.

Other local law enforcement officers took to Twitter to express their support, good wishes and prayers for the officer during the ordeal.

 

 

 


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