WATCH: Witness video captures shootout between police, suspect

LAS VEGAS - 8 News NOW has obtained witness video that captured a man shooting at two Metro Police officers near S. Arville Street and W. Tropicana Avenue.

DISCLAIMER: The video, provided to 8 News NOW by Steven Nagy-Szakal, whose name on YouTube is Steven Scoots, has language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Nagy-Szakal was standing inside the Scooter Skateboard Shop he works at when he saw the entire shootout.

"I have never in my life. This is so scary bro," Nagy-Szakal said on the video.

The shooting happened Tuesday in the 4100 block of W. Tompkins Drive. Both officers were shot, but only one of them received injuries. 

Metro: Officers shot near Tropicana and Arville; suspect is dead

The officers were responding to a suspicious vehicle after a 9-1-1 caller reported a stolen cell phone and tracked it back to that location.

When officers arrived at the scene, they approached the vehicle as an occupied suspicious vehicle, and spoke with a Hispanic man in the driver's seat, police said. At some point, the man started the truck. The officer asked him what he was doing and asked him to step out of the vehicle.

According to Metro Police, that's when the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and started shooting at the officers.

"I just got this on video," Nagy-Szakal said! "Oh my god!"

One of the officers was shot on the lower side of his chest.

Another witness standing only feet away said it went from a normal stop to chaos in an instant.

A minute and fifteen seconds after shots were fired you could hear backup arriving at the scene.

The shooting triggered a massive response of tactical crews and crisis negotiation when the suspect barricaded himself inside the vehicle.

"There were three SWAT trucks that arrived that I counted," Albert, a witness said. "They were all in tactical gear. They went across the street and got on the wall with sharpshooters."

The officer that is seen on the video running behind the truck and then behind his squad car was the officer who sustained injuries.

"He didn't sound panicked," Albert said. "He sounded more desperate, but I would be too in that position."

The officer shot in the chest was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.  He's expected to make a full recovery.

The officer's partner took cover behind a white Mercedes.  That officer was struck in his duty belt by a bullet, but he was unharmed.

"They had a couple of sharp shooters on the other side of the street, Albert said. "They were all aimed at the truck."

The suspect died from gunfire inside the vehicle.

This was the 15th officer involved shooting in Metro's jurisdiction so far this year.

 

 


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