NHP posts picture of trooper's damaged badge after shooting

By Caroline Bleakley | cbleakley@8newsnow.com

Published 08/26 2016 12:15PM

Updated 08/28 2016 10:53AM

An Nevada Highway Patrol trooper is lucky to be alive following a shooting that happened Friday just after midnight along Boulder Highway near Desert Inn Road.

NHP posted a photo on Instagram of the trooper's badge which was damaged by at least one bullet that struck the trooper who was also wearing a protective vest.

The caption says, "Last night shortly after midnight one of our Troopers conducted a traffic stop on SR582/US95. Gunfire was exchanged and NHP is extremely grateful that the Trooper was uninjured and got to go home to his family."

The trooper had pulled over the car for a traffic violation when one of the passengers inside fled. The trooper chased the passenger, who began shooting, prompting the trooper to return fire, NHP said.

The 41-year-old suspect was killed.

The Clark County Coroners Office identified the suspect as Matthew Gibbon, with the cause of death being a gunshot wound to the head. 

The trooper was not injured.


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