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North Las Vegas Police Department talk about recent shooting

Posted at 5:15 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 17:53:49-05

UPDATE JAN. 7: North Las Vegas Police held a press briefing on Tuesday to discuss a recent shooting involving 2 officers with the NLVPD.

North Las Vegas Police Chief Pamela Ojeda said Jamari Tarver, 26, was shot an killed after backing his car into Officer Phillip Schmidt following a 24 minute police chase through North Las Vegas.

Body camera video from Schmidt and Officer Aaron Patty showed Tarver stopping his car in a CVS parking lot just before 1 a.m. Thursday, accelerating backward, and colliding with Schmidt's car door pinning him to the door.

Ojeda said both officers fired a combined 24 shots into Tarver's car.

She said Tarver had a lengthy criminal history including kidnapping, sexual assault, battery, and domestic battery charges between 2011 and 2019, and he would have faced several other charges including attempted murder of a police officer if he had survived.

Ojeda said both officers were OK, but would remain on routine administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE JAN. 4: North Las Vegas police have identified the officers involved in the Jan. 2 shooting that happened in the 3600 block of West Craig Road as Officer Aaron Patty and Officer Phillip Schmidt.

Officer Patty is 39-years-old and has been employed with the North Las Vegas police department since February 2007. Officer Patty is assigned to Northwest Area Command, graveyard squad.

Officer Phillip Schmidt is 43-years-old and has been employed with the North Las Vegas police department since March 2008. Officer Schmidt is also assigned to the Northwest Area Command, graveyard squad.

Both officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- North Las Vegas police say they shot and killed a man during a stolen car chase shortly after midnight Jan. 2.

The incident began when an officer became suspicious of a car near Alexander Road and Revere Street. It was discovered that the car had been stolen during a carjacking and the police officers attempted to stop the vehicle.

The person driving the car attempted to escape, said North Las Vegas Police Department public information officer Eric Leavitt. The pursuit lasted for several miles and a Las Vegas police helicopter assisted. The driver was finally cornered in a parking lot of a CVS pharmacy near Craig Road and Allen.

The man hit several police cars in the parking lot before ramming one of the cars.

Both police officers in that police vehicle fired at least once. The man was taken out of the stolen car and placed in handcuffs. Medical personnel arrived on scene and pronounced him deceased. A police officer also received minor injuries during the incident.

Police say body cameras worn by the police officers were activated at the time of the shooting.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area of Craig and Allen. There will be road closures in place for several hours.

The Clark County coroner will release the name of the deceased after notification has been made.