A security guard fatally shot and killed a man Thursday in downtown Las Vegas. It happened near Casino Center Drive and Fremont Street.
According to Metro, around 2:00 p.m. officers responded to a call about a shooting in the 100 block of Fremont Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they found one person suffering from a gunshot wound.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Allen Santos Meredith.
Metro Police said the security guard got into an argument with Meredith while he was waiting for the RTC bus at the bus stop. It turned into an altercation causing the two men to struggle with each other.
The security guard fired one round striking Meredith. He was transported to University Medical Center, where he died.
The coroner said he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Metro Police officers interviewed numerous witnesses because an RTC bus was driving down the street when the shooting occurred. The security guard was a contracted employee of the RTC.
The RTC issued a statement about the deadly shooting.
“The safety and security of our passengers and operators remain our utmost priority. At this time, we cannot comment on the specifics of today’s incident as it is under investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Similar to other transit agencies across the country, the RTC contracts with a private security company to patrol our transit system and facilities. Any further inquiries about this incident should be directed to Metro or Allied Universal, the RTC’s security contractor and employer of the security guard.”
The Fremont Street Experience also sent the following statement:
“The safety and security of our guests and employees are always top priorities for Fremont Street Experience and our resort partners. We are grateful to the quick actions of law enforcement in their response to the incident which occurred near Casino Center Boulevard this afternoon, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of the victim. At this time, the suspect is in custody and we will continue working in full cooperation with law enforcement’s investigation.”
Metro Police detectives Friday night say the security guard won’t face charges and will be submitted as a self-defense case.
The intersection of Casino Center Drive and Ogden was closed for hours while officers investigated.