UPDATE: Officer identified in Jones, U.S. 95 shooting

UPDATE SEPT. 30: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the officer involved in this shooting as 42-year-old Weston Williams. He's been employed with LVMPD since November, 2006.

Officer Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into this case.

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are investigating a shooting involving an officer Thursday morning.

The incident was reported near Jones Boulevard and U.S. 95. Police said a man is dead but all officers on scene are OK.

Around 10:30 a.m., Las Vegas police dispatch received a call from the Henderson Police Department advising that a person had called and said their spouse had left their house, was making suicidal statements, and had in his possession a firearm.

The dispatcher was told this individual was possibly near the 6000 block of West Charleston Boulevard, near Jones Boulevard, in Las Vegas police's jurisdiction. Officers arrived in the area and located the individual in the parking lot and sitting inside a vehicle.

Officers stopped their patrol vehicles near the exits of the parking lot and waited for the Las Vegas police air unit to arrive on scene. Upon arrival of the air unit, the individual turned on the vehicle and began to drive. The man noticed the parked patrol vehicles and drove the vehicle onto a dirt lot in order to evade patrol officers.

Upon leaving the parking lot, the man hit a citizen’s vehicle and continued to drive erratically away from uniformed officers. That citizen was not injured.

The air unit followed the vehicle as it drove away from the area, and they broadcast the direction of travel to the officers on the ground. The man drove the vehicle to a parking lot located in the 200 block of North Jones Boulevard, just north of U.S. 95, and went to the rear of the business where the air unit directed ground officers to the vehicle’s location.

The man slowed down and exited the vehicle while holding a firearm. Officers attempted to talk with him and asked him numerous times to put down the firearm, but he did not acknowledge or comply with officers’ commands. After repeated attempts to get the man to drop the gun, he moved the firearm from his side to his head and fired one round. Simultaneously, one of the officers fired one round from his duty handgun, striking the man in the shoulder.

The man was pronounced deceased on scene by arriving medical personnel.

This is the 18th officer-involved shooting of 2017. Per policy, the identity of the officer involved will be released after 48 hours.

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