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POLICE: Gun used to shoot Officer Shay Mikalonis used in Jan. 1 shooting

Posted at 11:21 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 16:19:12-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The same gun used to shooting Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis during a protest near the Las Vegas Strip was reportedly used during a previous shooting Jan. 1.

27-year-old Tajae Miller was recently identified as the suspect in the Jan. 1 shooting.

During the course of the investigation into the Jan. 1 shooting, it was discovered that the gun Miller used was the same one that Edgar Samaniego allegedly used to shoot Mikalonis.

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Miller was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. Jan. 1, a woman called 911 and reported that her boyfriend had been shot outside of her apartment.

The shooting was proceeded by fights with friends at the Gold Spike hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas during a New Year’s Eve celebration and at the woman’s apartment.

About 3 hours after the last fight, the woman says that 2 men jumped out of a car near their apartment and opened fire on the couple.

The boyfriend was taken to University Medical Center.

Miller was identified as the shooter by a woman who was present during the shooting arrested in a separate case.

Police used the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network database to link the gun to both shootings.

Miller is facing attempted murder charges.

Mikalonis is still in recovery.

It is unknown how the gun ended up in Samaniego's possession.