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Retired Las Vegas police officers give insight on video that captured police shootout

Posted at 6:46 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 08:17:29-04

A video posted on YouTube catches the six-second shootout between two Las Vegas police officers and a suspect Tuesday

Police said the two officers approached the suspect in a pickup truck after getting reports of a stolen cell phone. 

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton said the video does start off as a seemingly routine police stop. 

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At one point during the video, you can see one officer standing next to the driver side window of the truck, while the other officer is standing next to the passenger side. 

"You're seeing a fairly nonchalant look, but then you see a movement [by the police officer] that movement is like he just saw something that raised his suspicions," Sutton said. 

After about one minute and 20 seconds into the video, the officer on the passenger side walks over to the other side and begins speaking to the suspect. 

Sutton believes the video then shows the suspect pulling out a gun and pointing it at officers before shooting. 

"This is how life and death happens instantly in a police officer's career," Sutton said. 

In the video, you can see one of the officers trying to take cover, before firing back at the suspect just steps away from him. 
"That individual who is dead he wrote the script here," Sutton said. 
Police have not confirmed how the suspect died, but Sutton believes it was the officer's actions, which helped end this dangerous situation. 
"They train for this moment, because this is the life-altering moment for all of these people," Sutton said.
Retired Las Vegas police Sgt. Rich Strader said officers relied on their training leading up to and during the shootout.
He walked 13 Action news through how the officers were watching the suspect's hands and reacting when he pulled a gun.
"Just the actions one officer  did of returning fire to eliminate a threat, saved not only his partners life," Strader said, adding they saved the lives of others who were in the area as well.