Investigation continues into officer-involved shooting near MLK and Owens

CREATED Mar 17, 2012

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas police officer and an 8 year-old child are both recovering from gunshot wounds and the suspected shooter is dead after a series of events on Friday, March 16.

Police are still trying to put the pieces together what happened following a complicated and violent crime. The young girl and the officer, who were both shot, received minor injuries and are going to be just fine.

Neighbors and friends are now left confused and have a lot of questions about the man living next door.

"I don't know what led up to the situation because he's such a nice guy. So something must have happened to make him go that way," said Ericka Atkinson.

It all started with a call from University Medical Center.

Police say an 8-year-old girl had been brought in with a gunshot wound to the cheek. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police then went to go check out where it had happened.

Police arrived at a home on the 1200 block of Wyatt, near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Owens.

They noticed fresh blood outside and entered the home. The man renting the house, who neighbors identify as 56-year-old Sammy Clay, had barricaded himself inside.

Police say that's when gunfire was exchanged. An officer was hit and rushed to UMC with minor injuries. Then after a lengthy standoff, SWAT entered the home to find the suspect dead.

Mike Jacobs, a close friend and the owner of the house, said he talked to Sammy around 2 p.m. on Friday. He said he didn't seem out of sorts.

"He was alright yesterday when we talked. We talked again with him today. I told him after I got off work I'd be over to have a beer with him. We talked and joked," said Jacobs.

But Jacobs also describes his friend Sammy as a man with a temper. And that something must have happened between Friday afternoon and Friday night to set him off.

"Yeah if you push him to that point, we all will. But he goes off quicker than others I guess."

It's still unclear if officers shot Clay inside his home or if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Metro doesn't plan on releasing information regarding the investigation.