LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police say they were working a barricade situation in the downtown area Tuesday morning that turned into a deadly shooting.
“I never seen or heard no gunshots or see anything like this happen,” said Tamanika Coates, who lives near the scene.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call about a man with a gun at about 9:23 a.m.
Once police confronted him, he started running and went inside a vacant building.
A few hours later, police say there were forced to make contact.
“Making sounds—like big boom sounds and you could see the smoke going in the air,” said Coates.
Police say the suspect, described as an adult Hispanic male, fired on the responding officers and SWAT teams. And the gunman was hit in the shootout.
“They immediately called medical, medical came to the scene, and the subject was pronounced deceased by medical personnel,” said Capt. Carlos Hank of Internal Oversight at LVMPD.
A few miles away at about 3:44pm at Charleston and Sacramento, Metro pursued another barricaded gunman and called in Henderson for support.
“Two Henderson officers discharged their firearms striking the suspect,” said Alan Olvera, an officer at the Henderson Police Department. “Medical services were provided to the suspect, however the suspect was pronounced deceased on-scene.”
No description of the suspect was provided and the standoffs are said to be unrelated.
It was a day that changed at least one neighborhood’s sense of safety.
“That’s crazy,” said Coates. “You got to be careful because if he just pulled out a gun on somebody, I mean, no telling who else would do it.”
No one else was hurt in these cases, and more details are expected by the end of the week.
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#BREAKING we are investigating an officer-involved shooting within @LVMPDDTAC. It happened near Lewis Avenue and S. 11th Street. No officers are hurt, the suspect is down. Maryland Pkwy and Carson is shutdown. Please avoid the area. We will update more as we learn more details. pic.twitter.com/nbgDeDhkRA— LVMPD (@LVMPD) September 21, 2021