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Suspects, officers identified in Monday shooting

Posted at 10:42 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 22:15:22-04

UPDATE: Surprising new details are coming out about the suspect killed in an officer-involved-shooting Monday night near the Stratosphere tower.

According to Las Vegas Police, the suspect Efren Trujillo-Soriano was an army veteran who saw combat action in Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged. He also had several run-ins with the law that include DUI, burglary and assault charges.
LVMPD released that information along with surveillance footage showing the moments leading up to the deadly shootout at a press briefing Thursday.
Police explained the  footage shows it all started with a fight near Las Vegas Blvd. and St. Louis. It shows the suspect Efren Trujillo-Soriano Being kicked at and pushed around by Ronald Japhat. As Japhat leaves, the footage shows Trujillo-Soriano run to grab a gun.
According to police Trujillo-Soriano shot Japhat five time in a nearby Carl's Jr. parking lot. Japhat is still in critical condition. But Trujillo-Soriano didn't leave, according to a 911 caller he stuck around to take pictures of the scene and police with a cell phone.
Officers eventually caught on and gave chase, it ended in a shootout. Police say Trujillo-Soriano shot first.
Officers Lukas Ferris and Bryan Loy are on paid leave pending department and district attorney investigations of the slaying of Efren Trujillo-Soriano.
Ferris is 25 and has been a police officer for a year. Loy is 33. He's been an officer for almost nine years.
According to police only Farris was wearing a body camera but it wasn't turned on at the time.
Trujillo-Soriano was from Buckeye, Arizona but police say he was living in the Las Vegas area. The Clark County coroner ruled his death a homicide, but the coroner's finding doesn't establish fault.
Police are looking for a witness seen on surveillance footage during the initial fight. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555.


One person is dead after being shot by police on the Las Vegas Strip on Monday night.

Police responded to reports of a shooting around 10:10 p.m. to the 2000 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard, near St. Louis Avenue.

A victim was located and transported to the hospital.

Shortly after, police found the suspect in the area and a short pursuit followed.

The suspect began shooting at the police. Officers shot back, hitting the suspect.  That man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"We were on lockdown," said Mika Smith who lives in the Seigel Suites nearby. "Before he [the suspect] was shot he tried getting in here. The whole community yelled at him and pointed their fingers saying, 'No, don't come over here. You can't come over here."

Police said the victim shot by the suspect was taken into surgery and is expected to survive.

The Clark County coroner will release the name of the deceased after relatives have been notified.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid leave per department policy while the shooting is being investigated.