UDPATE MARCH 21: The Clark County coroner has identified 37-year-old Stevie Garcia as the man shot by officers on March 19. Police say they recieved a call about a man chasing his father around their home with a gun and at some point after arrival shots were fired.
ORIGINAL STORY: Metro Police investigated an officer-involved shooting Tuesday in downtown Las Vegas. It happened around 2:43 p.m.near E. Bonanza Road and N. Maryland Parkway.
According to Metro Police, officers were originally called to a home in the 500 block of N. 9th Street to investigate a domestic call. The person who called police said that his brother was chasing his father around with a gun. Shortly after officers arrived, they saw a male matching the exact description given to 9-1-1 officers holding a gun.
“We will definitely be more alert and aware. This situation happens everywhere but when it happens literally down the road it kind of, especially in an unknown area, just kind of makes you more cautious,” said Lessa Wagner, a local resident.
According to Metro, officers gave him several verbal commands to drop the gun, but he refused. Then at one point, one of the officers could be heard saying over the radio that the suspect was pointing the gun in his direction.
Shots were fired by officers, and the suspect was hit. He was transported to University Medical Center where he is said to be in critical condition, and has since died.
No officers were injured.
This is the third officer-involved shooting in less than a week and sixth in Metro’s jurisdiction this year.
“In all three of these instances, we had suspects that were very dangerous and they had firearms. In two of those cases, we know for a fact that they were pointing at our officers. So, you know, we are a very well trained organization so we’re pretty much prepared for instances like this, but it does take its toll on the officers as well as the leadership,” said Captain Kelly McMahill.
The eastbound lanes of Bonanza Blvd. were closed at Las Vegas Blvd while Metro investigated.