NHP posts picture of trooper's damaged badge after shooting

By Caroline Bleakley | cbleakley@8newsnow.com

Published 08/26 2016 12:15PM

Updated 08/26 2016 12:36PM


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 suspect was killed.

The trooper was not injured.




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