NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A man has died after an officer involved shooting Thursday morning.
Two officers escorting a domestic violence victim into her residence contacted the alleged assailant, who fought with officers, leading to shots being fired and the death of the suspect.
Early Thursday morning, a woman reported to police that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. Two officers, who originally responded to a local convenience store, contacted the victim outside her residence, located on the 700 block of E. Nelson. The woman gave the officers information about the assault, and told them she had to retrieve personal items from her residence before she could leave. The officers advised her to let things cool down, but she insisted on retrieving her phone and shoe.
The officers, concerned that the woman would be putting herself in danger, followed her to her residence. The woman entered, followed by the officers, who found the suspect in a bedroom. The officers asked the suspect to come out of the room, as they had probable cause to arrest him, and he was immediately confrontational. The officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but the suspect initiated physical contact with one officer, leading to an altercation between all three. During the altercation, the suspect grabbed one officer from behind and put him in a chokehold. The fight continued until the officer broke free from the suspect and drew and fired his handgun at him.
The suspect was struck in the chest, and officers immediately began life saving efforts. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
The officer involved will be identified within 72 hours.