LAS VEGAS - Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts met with the media Tuesday at 1 p.m. to give additional details of the July 29, 2017, officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of Western Avenue.
Metro Police Officer Lazar Siroyan, 37, fired his gun at suspects in a burglary at a marijuana dispensary.
According to Metro, at approximately 3:58 a.m. on July 29, the LVMPD Dispatch Center received a call from an operator about an alarm reporting a burglary in progress at the Blackjack Dispensary located at 1860 Western Avenue.
Officers said the caller reported four suspects had arrived at the business and were trying to pry the doors open with crowbars.
In surveillance video shown Tuesday, the suspects could be seen entering the business with a bright yellow crow bar. Once inside the men targeted the safe trying to pry the door open but they didn't have any success.
The person who called police told dispatch the suspects possibly arrived in a red sedan parked near the business.
Officer Siroyan and his partner arrived at the business a short time later, and before they walked toward the business, Officer Siroyan grabbed a shot gun from the trunk of his squad car.
As Officer Siroyan approached the southwest corner of the building, he encountered three of the suspects, two of whom were armed with crowbars.
Officer Siroyan commanded the suspects to stop, or he would shoot. The suspects did not listen and at approximately 4:20 a.m. Officer Siroyan fired one round from a shotgun at the suspects.
None of the suspects were struck. All three fled on foot but were captured after a short foot pursuit.
An observant patrol officer stopped a fourth suspect in a vehicle near the area of Charleston Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway, Metro said.
The vehicle matched the description given by the alarm company, and evidence from the burglary was recovered from the car.
The four suspects were identified as 20-year old Justin Edwards (aka Raaymaker), 21-year-old Willik Mosby (aka Mosbey), 19-year-old Semaj Brown, and 24-year-old Cory Ervin.
All four of the suspects were taken to the Clark County Detention Center where they face various charges connected to the incident.
This was the 14th officer involved shooting for 2017. The LVMPD 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.
An examination of this incident is being conducted by the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team. This review will focus on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to this use of force.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Section at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, visit www.crimestoppersofNV.com. Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash
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