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Officers, suspect involved in northeast Las Vegas shooting identified

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Nov 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 23:44:36-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The officers involved in a shooting in northeast Las Vegas this week have been identified.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says officers Jeffrey Burr and Damario Simmons were responding to reports that two men, one of whom had a gun, were acting suspiciously at a mobile home park on North Pecos Road near Lake Mead Boulevard Tuesday evening.

The man with the gun was later identified as 25-year-old Taveon Davidson, police say.

When police tried to pat Davidson down to search for a weapon, the department says he ran away. The officers chased after him and say Burr noticed Davidson pull out a gun as he was running.

Police say Davidson ignored commands from the officers to drop the gun, and instead aimed it at Burr and fired one round.

Both officers returned fire and hit him. It is not clear how many times he was shot, though police say he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Davidson continued to run away, police say, and tried to hop a chainlink fence but fell to the ground.

That's when the police brought him into custody. He was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Burr is 34 years old and has been employed with the LVMPD since 2009. Police say he fired 13 rounds during the incident.

Simmons is 29 years old and has been employed with the LVMPD since 2021. Police say he fired six rounds during the incident.

Both officers are assigned to the Northeast Area Command, Community Policing Division and have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.

The shooting is the ninth one involving the department so far in 2021 in LVMPD's jurisdiction, and it was the first of two shootings involving the department this week.

The second, unrelated shooting happened on Wednesday in the northwest part of town, near Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way. Police say a suspected bank robber was shot.

This story has been updated with information from the police.