UPDATE: Officer shoots suspect armed with bat at gas station

LAS VEGAS - An officer opened fire on Saturday, striking an armed suspect trying to force his way into a gas station, police said.

The incident began around 9:20 a.m. at Vegas Drive and Decatur Boulevard after officers said they found a vehicle believed to have been used in two previous robbery attempts in the area.

As officers pulled into the parking area, a man got out of the car armed with a baseball bat and appeared agitated, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Police told the suspect to drop the bat and surrender several times, but the man refused. An officer then fired a less lethal shotgun at the suspect which was ineffective, police said.

The suspect then became more agitated and began hitting the doors of the business with the bat. When he began to enter the store, an officer shot the suspect with his handgun, hitting the suspect, according to investigators.

Despite suffering a gunshot wound, the suspect made his way inside the store where officers took him into custody, police said. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

This is the 22nd officer-involved shooting for LVMPD of 2017. The identity of the officers involved in the incident will be released after 48 hours. 

 


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