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Las Vegas police: Man fought officer before shooting

Posted at 2:59 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 22:57:53-05

A man who was shot and killed by Las Vegas police Saturday fought with an officer over a Taser.

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Police said during a press briefing Tuesday that Demontry Boyd had an extensive criminal history and arrest record in California, including evading a police officer and carjacking.

According to police, Boyd was pulled over for reckless driving around 7:40 a.m. Saturday near Sunrise Avenue and 18th Street.

The officer, identified as Paul Bruning, was able to stop the car and asked the driver to exit. The man then began reaching for a large, bulky item in his waistband. While Boyd told police it was a battery pack, police later determined the item to be a knife within a homemade sheath.

The officer told the man to stop reaching for the item but he ignored the officer. The officer then attempted to put him in handcuffs but the man fought back and grabbed the Taser.

The officer deployed his Taser, which was ineffective due to the amount of clothing Boyd was wearing.

After multiple attempts to de-escalate the situation, the officer warned Boyd that he was going shoot him and then shot Boyd when the man charged him.

Bruning fired two rounds at Boyd. Boyd was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.