06/14/2006

Nev. officer shoots man in chest after he produces gun

Francis McCabe
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)
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A Las Vegas police officer shot a man twice in the chest when he pointed a handgun at officers Sunday afternoon, police said.

The man, who was not identified by police, was taken to University Medical Center where he was undergoing surgery, said Lt. Lew Roberts, head of the Metropolitan Police Department's homicide unit. His condition was not available Sunday night.

Police said they had been called to 5353 S. Jones Blvd., in the southwest valley near Hacienda Avenue, at 1:31 p.m. by a person who had been going door to door selling subscriptions to the Review-Journal.

The salesperson told police that one door had been opened by the man with a gun, who allegedly threatened the salesperson.

The salesperson, who works as an independent contractor, left the area and called police.

About fifteen minutes later, officers arrived.

"As the officers knocked on the door, the occupant of the residence opened the door and pointed a handgun at the officers," Roberts said. "Officers then gave commands to the suspect to drop the weapon, to which the suspect refused."

An officer then fired two rounds from his handgun.

David Burton, who lives near the unit where the shooting happened, said the complex of single-story townhomes, called Spring Valley Highlands Two, is usually quiet. "It's mostly retired folks who live here," he said.

He said he didn't know the man shot by police.

"You never know your neighbors," Burton said.

As per department policy, the name of the officer who shot the man will be withheld for 48 hours. 
 
June 13, 2006

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