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UPDATE: K9 Nicky's funeral closed to public

Posted at 2:05 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 20:30:46-04

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is revealing new details about a shooting that left two people and a K9 officer dead.

In a press conference on Monday, police revealed that the K9 officer named Nicky was killed by friendly fire. The shootout between police and the suspect, identified as James Craig Simpson, left him paralyzed.

In the video, you can see as police approach Simpson who is initially carrying a gun. You then see him put down the gun and put his hands up as officers plead with him to surrender. 

"They're trying to communicate with him in fact I think you see their pleading with him," said Undersheriff Kevin McMahill. 

But then things escalate. Simpson runs from police, picking up the gun and firing off one round. Police then fire off more than 20 rounds-- 2 bullets and 4 shot gun pellets hitting Simpson-- one bullet hitting Nicky. 

This isn't the first time Simpson has had a run in with police. The 31-year-old has a rap sheet that dates back to 2000 in both California and Las Vegas. The crimes include battery, assault and robbery. 

Funeral arrangements for Nicky have been set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Craig Road Pet Cemetery. The service is not open to the public. He is the first dog to die on duty since 2003. 

To read the arrest report in full, click here.

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and former LVMPD Lt. Randy Sutton talked about Thursday's shooting.