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Police talk Buffalo officer-involved shooting

Posted at 7:44 AM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 20:48:42-04

UPDATE: Las Vegas Metro Police released dramatic new video of an officer involved shooting of a carjacking suspect.

Police say it all started with a carjacking of a woman and her three children on May 6th. The surveillance video picks up with Ofc. Patrick Sherwood chasing the suspect, Jamal Gwynn to his patrol car. Gwynn gets in and metro says he reaches for a shot gun in the cruiser and that's when Ofc. Sherwood fires.
Shortly after that, it shows the patrol car back up  then drive straight for Ofc. Sherwood. he narrowly escapes being hit.
Metro said officers are suppose to lock their patrol car before leaving it but sometimes things happen in the heat of the moment.
"Obviously you see him jump out of the car, he's confronted with an armed individual. A foot pursuit ensues almost immediately thereafter, that will certainly be one of the areas we look at within our critical response," said Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.
During the press conference Undersheriff McMahill also revealed the suspect Jamal Gwynn has a criminal record that includes various weapons, drug and domestic battery charges. In fact he was supposed to be in court on some of those charges Monday.
"The probation department recommended he get 12 to 24 months on those charges but I was informed this morning the case was continued in court because his attorney was not aware of him being involved in this officer involved shooting," said McMahill.


Gwynn is due back in court for that on May 26th. He's also facing a whole slew of new charges including grand larceny auto, robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder of a peace officer, felony injury to property, and felony injury or tampering with a vehicle.

UPDATE: Las Vegas police released the identity of the officer involved in the shooting. His name is Patrick Sherwood. He is now on paid administrative leave. 


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting Friday night where a man took off in a marked LVMPD car. 

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jamal Gwynn, is currently behind bars facing multiple charges. 

According to LVMPD, at 10:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Bow Creek Court to investigate a report of a robbery and carjacking. 

The victim reported that she was robbed at gunpoint and that the suspect fled in her vehicle.  

At approximately 10:50 p.m an officer in a marked patrol car, arrived at an apartment complex located in the 1100 block of North Buffalo Drive and saw a vehicle, matching the description of the stolen vehicle, attempting to leave the complex.  

The officer confronted the suspect, Gwynn, and saw that he was armed with a handgun. Gwynn did not comply with the officer’s commands and took off running.

Gwynn and officer were involved in a physical confrontation. 

Gwynn was able to run back towards the patrol car and enter it.  The officer saw the suspect attempting to retrieve the shotgun inside the patrol vehicle, at which point the officer fired multiple rounds towards the Gwynn. The suspect fled and drove at the officer, who then fired again.

The suspect fled in the marked patrol vehicle towards Durango Drive south of Washington Avenue where he came to a stop. 

Gwynn was taken into custody and transported to the UMC Trauma Center where he was treated for non-life threatening gunshot injuries.  

This is the 6th officer involved shooting of 2016. Per LVMPD policy, the identity of the officer involved will be released after 48 hours.

Neighbors said they were terrified by the incident.

"We are homeowners and I think it's just time that we leave," said Ashley Williams, who heard gunshots. "A lot of the units have now been rented out and I'm just not sure of who's coming in. It's changed a lot."

Williams says it's hard to tell when something is a violent crime because there is a fire station nearby.

"I heard gunshots, followed by sirens which is not uncommon when you live down the street from the firehouse, but then it was followed by the helicopters and then we knew something was wrong," said Williams.

Police say the officer shot at specific parts of the car in an effort to disable it so the suspect wouldn't get too far.