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Dozens of rounds fired during deadly search-warrant shootout involving Las Vegas police

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-14 12:28:44-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police say dozens of rounds were fired during a deadly shootout on Monday morning that began when officers were executing a search warrant related to a 2021 homicide investigation.

19-year-old Isaiah Tyree Williams was shot and killed during the incident around 5 a.m. Police say he is not the homicide suspect and that the homicide suspect was not in the building at the time, though they say they were inside the correct apartment.

Two officers were shot by Williams, who authorities say, fired first.

Williams is said to have fired 18 rounds. Police fired 23 rounds total during the incident.

Watch the full police update below, which includes body camera footage and pictures from the incident.

According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the officers yelled "police department, search warrant” multiple times when they broke a window and "and used loud distracts" to announce themselves. SWAT officers entered the apartment through the front door.

Williams was laying on a couch next to the front door when SWAT Officer Kerry Kubla, 50, entered the building first and was shot multiple times by Williams, according to authorities.

Kubla fired one round before falling to the ground, police say.

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SWAT Officer Kerry Kubla's vest. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

SWAT Sgt. Russell Backman, 46, and officers Rothenburg, 39, and Clements, 36, each exchanged gunfire with Williams until Williams was hit and stopped firing his weapon, according to police.

Clements reportedly fired 13 rounds, Rothenburg fired 3, Backman fired 3, Gonzales fired 3 and Kubala fired 1.

Williams was pronounced dead on the scene.

Kubla was brought to University Medical Center Trauma where he has since been receiving aid, according to LVMPD. He has been with the department since 2008.

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A closer look at SWAT Officer Kerry Kubla's vest. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Clements sustained an injury to his left arm, was transported to UMC Trauma and released a few hours later. He has been employed with the LVMPD since 2009.

This is the second officer-involved showing for the department this year and the second deadly officer-involved shooting.

In a previous report, four officers were identified as having been involved in the shooting. At the time, it was not known if Kubla fired his weapon.

The shooting remains under investigation. Police say an examination of this incident is being conducted by the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team. This review focuses on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to this use of force.