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Vegas police union alarmed by recent confrontations with officers

Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 19, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police were involved in a shooting near downtown Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called to the 500 block of North 9th Street, near Bonanza Boulevard, with reports of a domestic disturbance at about 2: 40 p.m.

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Authorities were informed that a man was chasing his father with a gun at that location.

"A person reporting, called in and said his brother was chasing his father with a firearm," LVMPD Capt. Kelly McMahill said,

Police made contact with the man, but he was shot after appearing to point his weapon at one of the officers.

The suspect was transported to the University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Tuesday's incident was the third shooting involving the department since March 15.

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"I've said it before, I said it last year and I say it all the time. The uptick in violence is going to come against police, people are getting more and more bold," said Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas police union.

The police union also said that officers and their families go through a lot when dealing with such situations.

No further immediate information was made available at Tuesday's scene.