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Man shot to death by Nevada Highway Patrol identified

Trooper critically injured before shooting
Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-29 23:35:53-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County coroner has identified the man involved in the fatal shooting on Interstate 15 near the U.S. 95 on July 27 as 60-year-old Douglas Joseph Claiborne.

His official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso. His death is listed as a homicide.

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According to Nevada Highway Patrol, they were in pursuit of a possible carjacking suspect when the driver hit one of their troopers who was putting stop-sticks on the interstate.

Trooper Micah May, 46, was critically injured and is at UMC Trauma.

After hitting the trooper, Claiborne was shot by NHP troopers and pronounced dead at the scene.

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The pursuit began near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The incident resulted in the closure of the interstate for several hours.

A previous arrest report for Claiborne shows he was arrested at The Venetian hotel-casino on March 10, 2020, for spitting on an officer. The charge was later dropped.

The coroner did not have a place of residence listed for Claiborne.