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UPDATE: Photo released of man shot while attempting to rob officer

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jan 05, 2017

UPDATE ON JAN. 9: Police held a press conference Monday regarding last week's shooting.

A previous mug shot of 48-year-old Thomas Cotton was released. He remains in University Medical Center recovering from his injuries and was booked in absentia on one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

A second suspect remains at large.

This is the 1st officer-involved shooting of 2017. The LVMPD Force Investigation Team is currently investigating the officers’ use of force in this incident. Their findings will be forwarded to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for review.

UPDATE ON JAN. 7: Police have identified Detective Daniel Hawkins as the officer involved in the shooting on January 5th.

Detective Hawkins is 33-years-old and has been employed by Las Vegas police since April of 2006. He is currently assigned in the Investigative Services Division, Repeat Offender Unit.

He has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending a review of this incident. 

UPDATE ON JAN. 6: Police say that undercover police officer was in the neighborhood when 2 men walked up to a detective with the intention of robbing him.

One of the men was holding a gun. That is when the detective identified himself, pulled out his own gun and shot the man.

The man who was shot is in the hospital. A black revolver was recovered at the scene.

Court and jail records show that Thomas Lamar Cotton is expected to face an assault with a weapon charge once he's released from a hospital where he underwent surgery late Thursday. 

Police say Cotton displayed a revolver before he was shot by a detective who was part of a surveillance team involved in an unrelated case.

The other man involved remains on the loose.

Police are still interviewing witnesses and recovering evidence. The name of the police officer involved will be released within 72 hours per department policy.

13 Action News received cell phone video of the shooting. In the video, you can hear a witness begging police to help the suspect who had been shot.  

"Get an ambulance in here, he's going to die," says Carlos Martinez, while he filmed police moments after the shooting.  

Martinez says it's not uncommon to see police in his neighborhood, and he says some people have a hard time trusting those officers. That's why as soon as those shots were fired, he pressed record. 

"It's kind of scary," says Martinez.  "I wanted to make sure everything was solid with what was going on, in case it happens to me or something."


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A person was shot by Las Vegas police Thursday night.

The shooting was reported around 9:30 p.m. near Jones and Carmen boulevards, which is not far from Washington Avenue.

The officer was not injured. The condition of the person shot is unknown.

This is a developing story. Check back to 13 Action News for updates.