Witnesses are talking about the final minutes before police opened fire on a man suspected of stealing a car.
Police shot the man in the French Oaks apartment complex in the 1000 block of Katie Avenue near Maryland Parkway and Twain Avenue. It's about two miles from where they first tried to pull him over around 2 a.m.
Several people were getting ready to go to sleep at nearby Molasky Family Park when it all unfolded.
They say what they heard was scary, but they also say they believe it was justified.
"The tires were squealing, he was going so fast," said Ricky, who asked 8 News NOW not to use his last name.
Screeching tires were followed by police sirens.
"The guy jumped out the car. He jumped out the car while it was still rolling," Ricky said.
Witnesses, just yards away in the park, saw the man jump from his moving car and try to hide in the apartment complex just ahead of the police.
"He was going over that fence. He went up to the fence and jumped over like Superman."
A few minutes earlier, an officer had tried to pull over the driver of the white Mitsubishi because the license plate didn't match the car.
The driver sped off, but another officer spotted him down the street and chased him to an apartment complex.
"Somebody said 'he's behind there, he's right there,' and so they saw the movement I guess with all the lights," said Estella, who out of concern for her safety also requested 8 News NOW not use her last name.
Moments later, after confronting the man near a gate, police opened fire.
"The subject reached for a firearm, our officers saw this, said Capt. Matt McCarthy, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. "Three of the officers shot at the subject, striking him."
"They pulled out their guns, all three of them did, and they said, 'drop your gun! drop your gun! drop your gun!' He didn't drop his gun; as he was walking toward them, and boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," according to Estella.
Police say a gun was recovered near the man's body.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"One cop put his hands to his head, like this, you know, like 'wow, wow,' you know, like maybe he was gone," Estella said.
The coroner's office will release the mans' identity later this week.
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