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Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound after reportedly shooting at Las Vegas police

Posted at 4:53 AM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 13:28:57-04

A man is dead after reportedly shooting at Las Vegas police Saturday night.

It began around 9:15 p.m. Saturday when Nevada Highway Patrol responded to a hit and run in Searchlight. While responding to that call, they received a call about a carjacking several miles away. NHP was advised that someone with a gun stopped a vehicle on the highway and took it. The stolen vehicle was last seen headed toward Las Vegas.

At about 10:48 p.m., the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call about a possible suicidal person at a home in the 1500 block of Saylor Way near Vegas Drive and North Jones Boulevard.

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Officers were dispatched and began receiving information from NHP that possibly linked the hit-and-run and carjacking to the suicidal subject.

As officers approached Saylor, they saw someone in a truck. As the officers pulled behind the truck, the person in the truck opened fire.

One of the officers fired back and then took cover. After more officers arrived, they approached the truck and found a man who was dead inside.

The Clark County coroner confirmed that 42-year-old William Orellana of Las Vegas died of a gunshot wound to the neck. The death was ruled a suicide. 

This is the 12th officer-involved shooting for LVMPD this year and the 2nd one in 24 hours. The first one happened on Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood near the Stratosphere. 

The identity of the officer was released Tuesday morning as Johnathan Tomaino. He is 25 years old and has been with the department since December 2016.