Officer shoots, kills person at UMC

LAS VEGAS - A Metro officer shot and killed a man inside University Medical Center Monday morning after police say the man threatened them with a taser.

Metro Captain Kelly McMahill said the incident began Sunday night when a man called 911 to say he was feeling suicidal and was going to "blast it out with police."  When officers arrived to a neighborhood near Charleston and Rainbow, they found the man passed out and intoxicated.

McMahill said officers tried to book the man into jail, but had to divert him to UMC to deal with his drunken state.

While at UMC, a corrections officer arrived to relieve the Metro officer.  McMahill said that when the two stepped outside the room to talk, the suspect was able to get ahold of and hide a taser the corrections officer brought in a bag to the hospital.

When a nurse and hospital security guard entered the room, McMahill said the suspect threatened them with the taser.  The officer ran into the room and the man pointed the taser at the officer, at which point the officer fired once, hitting the man.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

McMahill did not give the identity of the suspect, but said he is no stranger to police.

"I believe in the past we have dealt with him on other suicide-type events," said McMahill.  "Crisis intervention officers have been out with him."

McMahill said more information, including the name of the officer who fired the deadly shot, would be released within 72 hours.

The scene of the shooting was confined to one room at UMC.  McMahill said at no time was the hospital locked down or was access closed to patients or staff.


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