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LVMPD: Officer shot man who 'charged' at him during altercation in downtown Las Vegas

Posted at 12:21 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 23:09:04-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to a shooting involving an officer on North Main Street near Foremaster Lane in downtown Las Vegas on Monday morning.

Capt. Carlos Hank said the officer involved was on a routine patrol when he drove by two people fighting, then stopped and tried to break up the fight.

One person complied with the officer's commands, Hank said, while the other became "more aggressive" and "charged" at the officer.

The officer, who had not been named as of this report, used his expandable straight baton and continued to try to de-escalate the encounter, Hank said.

At that point, the other man tried to get something out of his pocket. Police could not immediately confirm whether the object was a weapon, but Hank said the man held it as though it were a weapon as he continued "charging" at the officer.

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The officer "continued to retreat" when he lost his footing and fell to the ground, as the other man continued toward him, Hank said. At this point, the officer took out his service weapon and fired at the man.

The injured man was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to recover, police said. He had not been publicly identified as of this report.

The officer, too, was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment. LVMPD officials did not elaborate on the nature of his injuries or their severity.

This is the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's fourth shooting involving officers so far this year, according to LVMPD officials.


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