Metro in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing

Woman also struck but ex­pected to sur­vive

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NEVADA & THE WEST - By Mike Shoro Con­tact Mike Shoro at mshoro@ re­viewjour­ or 702-387-5290. Fol­low @mike_shoro on Twit­ter.

A Las Ve­gas po­lice of­fi­cer shot and killed a man who was hold­ing a woman and point­ing a gun at her Satur­day evening at a south val­ley con­ve­nience store, of­fi­cials said.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment said po­lice shot him af­ter of­fi­cers re­sponded about 5:30 p.m. to re­ports of a man chok­ing a woman out­side a store at 780 E. Pyle Ave. The area is near Mary­land Park­way and Cac­tus Av­enue.

“It was im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that the male was hold­ing the fe­male and had a gun in his hand,” Capt. Kelly McMahill said.

Their 10-year-old daugh­ter was stand­ing nearby, and an of­fi­cer got her to safety. Po­lice then com­manded the man to drop his gun and asked the woman to try to free her­self from his grasp.

A sec­ond of­fi­cer quickly ar­rived and told him to drop the gun.

“See­ing that the male had the gun pointed at the fe­male, he fired four shots in the di­rec­tion of the sus­pect,” she said.

McMahill said the man fell to the ground, and the woman yelled she, too, had been shot.

They were each taken to Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where the man died. No of­fi­cers were hurt, po­lice said.

It was un­clear whether po­lice or the man hold­ing her shot her as both the man and the shoot­ing of­fi­cer had 9 mm hand­guns, McMahill said. The woman, who was struck in the ab­domen, is ex­pected to sur­vive, she said.

Po­lice said it was un­clear whether the man killed fired his gun.

The 10-year-old daugh­ter was not in­jured, McMahill said. The woman has since spo­ken with her over the phone, po­lice said.

McMahill said the man and woman shared a last name, but she didn’t know if they were mar­ried. Po­lice have no in­di­ca­tion that the cou­ple had a his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, she said.

The Clark County coroner’s of­fice will iden­tify the man once his next of kin is no­ti­fied.

This is the 21st shoot­ing by Metro in 2017. Metro in­ves­ti­gated 10 po­lice shoot­ings last year.

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