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Las Vegas police reveal details of Dec. 19 shooting involving police officers

Posted at 2:49 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 19:06:36-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Assistant Sheriff Christopher Darcy provided the following details during a press conference Tuesday of the officer-involved shooting that occurred Dec. 19 in the 2500 block of Mesquite Avenue.

At approximately 12:27 a.m., Las Vegas Metropolitan Police received a report of an illegal shooting in the area. Officer Daniel Clark and two other officers arrived in the area to investigate.

As part of the initial investigation, officers were walking through an alley looking for any evidence of a shooting. The investigation also included speaking to citizens that were in the area.

Officers noticed a citizen, later identified as 26-year-old Donta Ford, standing in front of an apartment. As officers approached Ford, he extended his arm and began to shoot at them.

Both officers quickly sought cover and Officer Clark discharged his firearm towards Ford.

Ford fired a second volley of shots towards the officers as he ran into his apartment and Officer Clark returned fire.

A perimeter was established around the apartment, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the Crisis Negotiators Team were requested to take Mr. Ford into custody in a safe manner, but he was not in the apartment.

A few hours later, a patrol officer observed Mr. Ford walking in the area of Eastern and Cedar where he was taken into custody without incident.

This is the 19 th officer involved shooting of 2020. The LVMPD Force Investigation Team is conducting the investigation into the officers use of force in this incident. The findings will be forwarded to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for review. An examination of this incident is being conducted by the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team. This review focuses on policy, tactics and training as it relates to this use of force.