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Police say man tried to grab Nevada Highway Patrol trooper's gun before being shot

Posted at 1:06 PM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-03 12:55:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Department of Public Safety and Nevada Highway Patrol provided the public with additional details of the July 27 shooting that involved an officer on Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue.

The press conference took place at 3:30 p.m. at LVMPD’s Headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd.


RELATED: Nevada Highway Patrol trooper dies days after being hit on Interstate 15

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Micah May died as a result of last week's incident.

Police say 60-year-old Douglas Joseph Claiborne reportedly stole a vehicle and then led law enforcement on a chase that started near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ended on I-15 near Sahara Avenue.

Police say one Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and 3 probation officers shot at Claiborne after officers say they saw the suspect trying to grab Trooper May's gun from his holster.

They say Claiborne was also armed with a kitchen knife.

Claiborne reportedly hit the NHP trooper who was lying stop-sticks on the interstate.

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LVMPD is investigating the shooting.