Police officer, suspect exchange gunfire

LAS VEGAS -- A traffic stop escalated into a gun battle between a suspect and a Metro Police officer Thursday night.

Police say the officer attempted to stop a vehicle near Lake Mead Boulevard and Walnut Road shortly before 11 p.m. The person inside the vehicle fired several shots at the officer then drove away. The police officer followed the vehicle. Police say the suspect fired more shots.

Metro says the officer located the suspect's vehicle near Carey Avenue and Lamb Boulevard. As the officer approached the vehicle, the suspect fired more shots at the officer. This time, the officer returned fire. The suspect fled on foot.

Additional officers and a K-9 unit arrived and located the suspect in the backyard of a home on El Tovar Avenue. Police ordered the suspect to comply with their commands, but he refused. A K-9 officer was used to subdue the suspect. He was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

"They know it's a dangerous job, and every day, they come in, they put on the uniform, they go out, and they do their best to protect our community," said Metro Police Officer Jose Hernandez. "It's tragic. It's unfortunate when things like this happen, but our officers are ready to go, and they're very motivated to come out and keep protecting the citizens."

No police officers were hurt during the gun fight.


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