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UPDATE: Police release video of man being shot by police last weekend

Posted at 1:25 PM, Dec 09, 2017

UPDATE DEC. 13: Las Vegas police held a press briefing on Dec. 13 to release body-cam footage of the shooting that involved a police officer on Dec. 9. 

The man who was shot was also identified as 54-year-old Richard Mitchell. Police say that Mitchell had a bat and was attempting to smash the glass doors of a gas station near Decatur Boulevard and Vegas Drive. Police shot Mitchell in the thigh. 

Police believe that Mitchell was responsible for two other robberies that day. He is currently locked up at the Clark County Detention Center. 

UPDATE DEC. 11: The officer involved in the Dec. 9, 2017 officer-involved shooting which occurred at the corner of Vegas Drive and North Decatur Boulevard has been identified as 39-year-old Sergeant Miguel Garcia.

Sergeant Garcia has been employed with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since Feb. 2001. He has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a shooting involving one of their officers on Saturday.

The incident took place near Decatur Boulevard and Vegas Drive. Police say it began when officers in the area were trying to apprehend a robbery suspect near a Terrible Herbst convenience store.

Officers tried to approach the suspect, who was armed with a baseball bat. He was jumping and refusing commands.

One officer fired a less-lethal shotgun, which was ineffective. The suspect then tried to enter the store by breaking into a window with the bat.

An officer then fired his gun, striking the suspect. He was taken into custody inside the store, then rushed to the hospital. The suspect is currently recovering at University Medical Center.

No officers were injured during the incident.