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Man shot by police in Summerlin may be connected to 2 murders

Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 10:42:56-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with members of the media Monday to discuss details of a shooting that involved officers in late January in a Summerlin neighborhood.

The incident occurred near Alta and Pavilion Center drives on Jan. 31. The assistant sheriff identified the shooter as 38-year-old Christopher Ashoff and described him as one of the most violent and prolific criminals in the valley.

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Police detect from Las Vegas and Henderson were trying to negotiate with Ashoff, who was barricaded himself inside a home, before the shooting.

Police said Ashoff tried to leave by backing out of the driveway and smashing into two of their vehicles.

The suspect then drove back into the garage, causing more damage, and then backed out again, hitting the police vehicles.

Ashoff then reached for a weapon in the vehicle, and three undercover detectives opened fire, according to police. Ashoff was shot in the leg, and face. He was also recovering at the University Medical Center while facing multiple felony charges.

Although the officers were not wearing body cameras, a neighbor did capture part of the incident on camera.

Police have also identified Ashoff as a possible suspect for two murders.